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Babies learn from humans, not TV

Posted by sprague on February 16, 2011

Patricia Kuhl TED talk on new experiments with babies that show details about the critical period between 6 and 10 months when they start to zero in the specific language of their cultural environment.  She finds that babies exposed to Mandarin spoken by a live human in front of them learned key sounds, but those who were exposed to video or audio did not.

There’s a lot more in this 10-min clip, including early results of new brain scanning technology (MEG).

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