Category Archives: Language

Language Exposure Relates to Structural Neural Connectivity in Childhood

Neuroscience research has elucidated broad relationships between socioeconomic status (SES) and young children’s brain structure, but there is little mechanistic knowledge about specific environmental factors that are associated with a specific variation in brain structure. One environmental factor, early language … Continue reading

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Argument structure and the child’s contribution to language learning

One of the oldest questions in cognitive science asks whether children are able to learn the language (or anything) because they are equipped with a very powerful general-purpose learning mechanism or because they are equipped with a domain-specific constrained language … Continue reading

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Speaking Our Minds: Why Human Communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special

Language is an essential part of what makes us human. Where did it come from? How did it develop into the complex system we know today? And what can an evolutionary perspective tell us about the nature of language and … Continue reading

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The origins of Language and the evolution of Music: A comparative perspective

According to Darwin [Darwin, CR. The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. London: John Murray; 1871], the human musical faculty ‘must be ranked amongst the most mysterious with which he is endowed’. Music is a human cultural … Continue reading

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Listening to Music Help Your Child with Language Development and Reading Comprehension

As an adult, you probably have preferences when it comes to listening to music while doing something that requires a lot of attention: studying for a test, for example, or reading a book. But what may be simple background noise … Continue reading

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The relationship between music and language

Traditionally, music and language have been treated as different psychological faculties. This duality is reflected in older theories about the lateralization of speech and music in that speech functions were thought to be localized in the left and music functions … Continue reading

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How does language change perception: a cautionary note

The relationship of language, perception, and action has been the focus of recent studies exploring the representation of conceptual knowledge. A substantial literature has emerged, providing ample demonstrations of the intimate relationship between language and perception. The appropriate characterization of … Continue reading

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Music and early language acquisition

Language is typically viewed as fundamental to human intelligence. Music, while recognized as a human universal, is often treated as an ancillary ability – one dependent on or derivative of language. In contrast, we argue that it is more productive … Continue reading

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Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language

Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18. A great deal of evidence suggests that it is more difficult to learn a new language as an adult than as a child, which has led scientists to … Continue reading

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How Learning a second Language is good for your Brain

Over the past few years, you might have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that it sharpens the mind, while others are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence, such as … Continue reading

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