How Talking to Toddlers Boosts Early Brain Development
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Talking to toddlers helps shape their developing brain, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers captured thousands of hours of language data from babies and toddlers wearing small recording devices.
They also carried out MRI scans to study the structure of their developing brains, looking in particular at a substance called myelin.
They found that two-and-a-half year old’s who heard more speech in their everyday environment had more myelin in language-related areas of their brains.
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