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Imaging Study Sheds Light on Neural Origins of Baby Talk - featured August 10, 2010

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ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2010)

Neural processing in the brains of parents talking to their babies may reveal secrets about early stages of language acquisition in infants, according to findings by researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute and their collaborators, who show for the first time that experience, gender and personality affect how parents process the speech they use when addressing infants.

Their research appears in the journal NeuroImage.

Infant-directed speech (IDS), also known as "baby talk," is a style of speech used by adults to address infants, characterized by high-pitched, articulated intonation and a simplified lexicon. While ubiquitous across languages and cultures, the neural mechanisms underlying IDS are unknown.

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