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Why talking — and listening — to your child could be key to brain development

Wednesday, March 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Karen Hartenstein
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A new neuroscience study finds that back-and-forth conversation is related to brain activity and verbal aptitude

More than 20 years ago, psychologists Betty Hart and Todd Risley discovered what they called the “30 million word gap.
But now a team of scientists from Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania is questioning whether the quantity of words matters much at all. A study they published last month in the journal Psychological Science found that young 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds who engaged in more conversation at home had more brain activity while they were listening to a story and processing language.


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