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From the Mouths of Babes

Researchers identify two brain areas that help babies learn to speak.

RELATED TAGS: LANGUAGE, MEMORY & LEARNING
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How does a babbling baby become a talking tyke? In June, researchers found part of the answer. Toward the end of the first year of life, they discovered, two brain areas begin coordinating to help babies figure out speech. Until 6 or 7 months of age, babies can easily distinguish vowels and consonants from all languages. But by about 11 or 12 months, they’ve homed in on their native language — the one they’ve heard most — and started ignoring foreign sounds. Baby’s...
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