The Linguistic Genius of Babies

in Everyday Learning

baby-talking“The modern tools of neuroscience are demonstrating to us that what’s going on in a baby’s brain is nothing short of rocket science,” reports Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

At birth, a baby can distinguish between all the sounds of all the languages. Patricia explains that little ones listen attentively to us and take statistics on the language they hear.

See how babies take statistics on the sounds they need to know in this video of Patricia Kuhl as she shares her findings. What role does the human being have?

There is a bombshell of an idea tucked into Kuhl’s studies, says Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules for Baby. Human learning in its most native state is primarily an exercise in relationships. Intelligence is developed in the arms of warm, loving people, not in the crucibles of machines.

Babies learn from you, in person, on a consistent basis.

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