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Bilingual Babies' Vocabulary Linked to Early Brain Differentiation
August 29, 2011
Researchers at the University of Washington are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants' prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too. In a new study, the researchers report that the brains of babies raised in bilingual households show a longer period of being flexible to different languages and the relative amount of each language babies were exposed to--English and Spanish--affected their vocabulary as toddlers.
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