Talking to Kids from Early Age Could Promote Their Language Skills

According to the findings of a recent research, published in the JNeurosci, regular talking to young children associated with the stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language.talking for language skills

The research was held independently of parental income and education. This means that engaging children in a conversation from an early age may promote their language skills regardless of socioeconomic status.

For the study, the team of researchers analyzed data received from 40 of children aged from 4 to 6 years. The scientists discovered that greater conversational turn-taking was associated with the stronger connections between brain regions that are critical for the comprehension and production of speech (Wernicke’s area and Broca’s area).

Brain Systems Necessary for Learning Language Emerged before Humans

A new study from Georgetown University Medical Center finds that language may be learned in ancient brain systems intended for “general purpose” that appeared before humans and can be found in other animals.brain systems for language

For the study, the scientists analyzed findings of 16 studies that examined language learning in two brain systems, declarative and procedural memory. The studies included 665 participants in total who were given various tasks such as reading, listening, and speaking.

Lead investigator Michael T Ullman, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience at Georgetown University School of Medicine, says: “Our conclusion that language is learned in such ancient general-purpose systems contrasts with the long-standing theory that language modules found only in humans.”