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April 28, 2016

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April 28, 2016

Apr. 4, 2016 — Babies raised in bilingual households show brain activity associated with executive functioning as early as 11 months of age, new research demonstrates. The study also gives evidence that the brains ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — In the world of robot communication, it seems actions speak louder than words. Scientists have discovered that by getting robot avatars to 'talk with their hands,' we understand them as ... read more

Right Brain May Help Predict Recovery of Language After Stroke

Mar. 30, 2016 — The brain is divided into two hemispheres, the right and the left. The left side is dominant in language and speech-motor functions in most people, so when it is damaged by stroke, it can lead to ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Researchers have identified a single, universal facial expression that is interpreted across many cultures as the embodiment of negative emotion. The look proved identical for native speakers of ... read more

Mar. 21, 2016 — A new approach to language learning is being tested: resetting your ears in a bid to recreate the ‘critical period’ of language learning. In this study researchers are testing neurosensory ... read more

Mar. 17, 2016 — A new scientific study documenting the linguistic practices of the Northwestern Amazonian peoples uncovers an unusual method of communicating the human concept of ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches finds most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in grades 6-8, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others. A ... read more

Complex Learning Dismantles Barriers in the Brain

Mar. 15, 2016 — Scientists taught Braille to sighted individuals and found that learning such a complex tactile task activates the visual cortex, when you'd only expect it to activate the tactile ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — For humans to understand speech and for other animals to know each other's calls, the brain must distinguish short sounds from longer sounds. By studying frogs, researchers figured out how ... read more

New Learning Procedure for Neural Networks

Mar. 10, 2016 — Rustling leaves, a creaking branch: To a mouse, these sensory impressions may at first seem harmless -- but not if a cat suddenly bursts out of the bush. If so, they were clues of impending ... read more

Cooling Technique Protects Speech During Brain Surgery

Feb. 25, 2016 — A new cooling technique can both protect the brain’s speech centers during surgery and pinpoint the areas separately responsible for word formation and speech timing, report ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — Sideline vision tests to detect concussion are increasing in youth and pro sports, but a new study shows language may affect results. These findings could have important implications, the researchers ... read more

Sounds Can Help Develop Speech, Gestures in Children With Autism

Feb. 24, 2016 — Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics shows that these children can develop speech, ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — Knowledge of our mother tongue acts as a sort of auditory "template" that influences the way we perceive the sounds of other languages (scientists call this "native listening"). ... read more

Stroke Patients' Speech Loss Linked to Loss of Brain Interconnections

Feb. 22, 2016 — When brain regions that control speech and reading comprehension are destroyed due to blockage of blood flow, patients are often unable to speak or comprehend spoken or written language. These ... read more

Perception: Brain Integrates Features Directly to Patterns

Feb. 22, 2016 — Does our brain perceive objects initially as a conglomeration of shapes, colours and patterns or does it instantly recognise the entire structure? An article provides the ... read more

Speech Disorder Called Apraxia Can Progress to Neurodegenerative Disease

Feb. 14, 2016 — It may start with a simple word you can't pronounce. Your tongue and lips stumble, and gibberish comes out. Misspeaking might draw a chuckle from family and friends. But, then, it keeps ... read more

Language Juggling Rewires Bilingual Brain in a Good Way

Feb. 13, 2016 — Bilinguals use and learn language in ways that change their minds and brains, which has consequences -- many positive, according to a cognitive ... read more

Study of Cognitive Development in Deaf Children Revisits Longstanding Debate

Feb. 13, 2016 — With the advent of universal newborn hearing screening and improved technologies such as cochlear implants, more and more deaf children are relying on spoken language and not learning sign language. ... read more

It’s Easier to Learn Words That Sound Like What They Mean

Feb. 11, 2016 — What makes some words easier to learn than others? Researchers found that ideophones — words that sound like what they mean — are easier to learn than regular words. This suggests that some of ... read more

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