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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 13, 2014/ 12 Shevat, 5774

Research finds 'baby talk' benefits children's vocabulary

By Dave Ross




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Did you speak parentese to you kids when they were babies?


You know parentese, it's that high-pitched, extended vowels, often referred to as "baby talk." Parents do it naturally because it captures the babies' attention.


But Dr. Patricia Kuhl at the University of Washington who studies how children learn wanted to know if it does more than that.


So she equipped babies with wearable high-tech recording devices programmed to bookmark outbreaks of parentese, and the babies' responses.


"We recorded from these microphones for 24 hours a day for four days in a row," said Kuhl. "We wanted to know, are parents really using this language that we describe as parentese or motherese?"


Kuhl and her researchers asked, how do adults use parentese when talking to babies, and how are they doing it? Are they talking to babies one-on-one or in a group? And how is that linked to language at two years of age?


The babies really like listening to parentese, she says, and given the choice, they choose to listen to parentese over adult-directed speech - how we talk to each other everyday.


Studying kids 11 to 14 months old, Kuhl said children that age were often struggling with their first words. "We measured their concurrent meeting at the same time as their babbling, their attempts at words and speech and then we brought them back in at the age of two and remeasured language."


The kids that had one-on-one time with parents, and in particular, the kids whose parents had talked in parentese, knew twice as many words as kids that heard more adult-directed language.


"The numbers were huge the difference between 433 words mastered at the age of 2, compared to 169 from the highest to the lowest," said Kuhl.


It's not the first time Kuhl has researched how babies learn language. "We've been doing a lot of looking at how the baby brain is attracted to one-on-one interactions, social interactions with real people. We were the ones that showed, some years ago, that babies learn, that are exposed to a foreign language at nine months old - Mandarin in this case, learned it beautifully if they had a live human tutor playing with them on the floor. But if it came from a beautiful DVD they stared at, they learned nothing."


So, maybe part of the lesson here is, don't park your kid in front of "Sesame Street" and expect them to learn language.


"The message for parents, it's not so much the vocabulary, but it's how you introduce it that's crucial," said Kuhl. "I think vocabulary is important, but if parents were to do one thing - they should use parentese in a one-on-one context."


Dr. Kuhl's next study will use a brain-mapping machine to measure babies' responses to language in real time, in hopes of learning how to catch speech problems and treat autism more effectively.

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Previously:


01/06/14 They call it WEE power
12/26/13 We are drowning in good news
12/23/13 Trolling the NSA
12/17/13 Amazon's drones better keep an eye out for Google's robots
12/12/13 Has cancer just been cured?
12/05/13 It turns out that our very lives depend on being unhappy
12/04/13 Close your books, and boot up your laptops
12/02/13 What do you do when your dad is a billionaire?
10/25/13 The tale of two websites
10/23/13 Not since Moses
10/21/13 Another reason to sleep
10/21/13 Are you ready for 2020?
10/01/13 The real-life Bionic Man
09/30/13 The pilot exits the F-16 and it takes off without him
09/25/13 Human nature of everyday sadists demonstrated with bug grinder
09/23/13 Don't worry about the Sun, worry about . . .
09/19/13 The most dangerous person to search for on the Internet is . . .
09/18/13 The UN --- and the delicate art of doing nothing
09/16/13 The Internet Must Go!
08/29/13 When hospitals make you sicker
08/28/13 Smarter phone anticipates your behavior before you do
08/27/13 Getting tested for your dream job
08/26/13 A thug tells us how to stop gun trafficking
08/23/13 The better to see you with, Mr. Bad guy
08/22/13 The latest outburst of anarchy
08/21/13 Send al Qeda to crime ridden cities?
08/20/13 How honeybees are keeping men out of prison
08/19/13 Truth about Area 51 finally revealed
08/16/13 If you knew how much it cost to raise a child
08/15/13 The voice in the nursery
08/14/13 When license plates speak
08/13/13 The plant that wouldn't die
08/12/13 Class warfare at 35,000 feet is just fine
08/09/13 Want a good night's sleep? Become homeless
08/08/13 When eating too healthy becomes a problem
08/07/13 The Die Phone
08/06/13 Can't afford a doctor or medicine? There's always the Placebo App
08/05/13 Car prowlers taught lesson with call to mom





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