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New technique sheds light on body language in job interviews, sales calls, team projects
New system using infrared light tags to monitor interactions could lead to a more precise understanding of how individuals interact in social settings and can increase the effectiveness of communications coaching. (2018-03-27)
Sussex research reveals brain mechanism involved in language learning
Psychologists found that when we learn the names of unfamiliar objects, brain regions involved in learning actively predict the objects the names correspond to. (2018-03-15)
Two studies explore gender, language, and treatment setting as barriers in screening and patient care in lung cancer
More people die of lung cancer than any other type of cancer, and two new studies from CHEST 2017 reveal disparities in lung cancer screening and care that may impact detection, as well as mortality and survival rates in the disease. (2017-10-23)
Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making
If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? (2017-08-17)
Minorities underrepresented in US special education classrooms
Although minority children are frequently reported to be overrepresented in special education classrooms, a team of researchers suggests that minority children are less likely than otherwise similar white children to receive help for disabilities. (2015-06-24)
Deaf children learn words faster than hearing children
Each year many deaf children get a cochlear implant to connect to the world of sounds. (2018-01-23)
Study finds language, achievement benefits of universal early childhood education
A study of more than 60,000 children enrolled in Norway's universal early education system has found the program improves language skills and narrows achievement gaps, according to a team of researchers from the US and Norway, led by Boston College Professor of Education Eric Dearing. (2018-02-22)
Infants recognize foreign languages as a form of communication
Infants recognize that speech in a language not their own is used for communication, finds a new psychology study. (2018-01-24)
Engaging children in math at home equals a boost in more than just math skills
Preschool children who engage in math activities at home with their parents not only improve their math skills, but also their general vocabulary, according to research from Purdue University. (2017-11-10)
Babies' babbling betters brains, language
Babies are adept at getting what they need -- including an education. (2018-01-18)
Learning language
When it comes to learning a language, the left side of the brain has traditionally been considered the hub of language processing. (2019-05-07)
Study uses eye tracking to assess receptive language in children
The objective of this study was to assess feasibility of using eye tracking as a tool for evaluating receptive language in children with profound expressive language delays, in term infants post perinatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and ex premature infants, as compared to typically developing children. (2018-05-05)
The development of a language in space -- Israeli Sign Language
Because of its particular history, Israeli Sign Language is a creole language -- the only creole sign language that has been described to date. (2007-12-10)
Different neural strategies for junior high school male and female English learners
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University studied the neural response of Japanese junior high school students learning English as a second language, while listening to English sentences. (2018-03-23)
Does being bilingual make children more focused? Study says no
Bilingual children do not have more advantages than monolingual children when it comes to executive function, which includes remembering instructions, controlling responses, and shifting swiftly between tasks, according to a new study published in PLOS One. (2019-01-18)
Back-and-forth exchanges boost children's brain response to language
MIT cognitive scientists have now found that conversation between an adult and a child appears to change the child's brain, and that this back-and-forth conversation is actually more critical to language development than the '30-million-word gap.' (2018-02-14)
The brain watched during language learning
Researchers from Nijmegen, the Netherlands, have for the first time captured images of the brain during the initial hours and days of learning a new language. (2016-06-29)
Language matters in end-of-life conversations
In general, the term 'medical futility' applies when, based on data and professional experience, no further treatments, procedures or tests will provide benefit and may, in fact, be more burdensome and create undue suffering for the patient and the patient's family. (2018-02-02)
Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language
An MIT study suggests children remain skilled at learning language much longer than expected -- up to the age of 17 or 18. (2018-05-01)
AI tool quantifies power imbalance between female and male characters in Hollywood movies
UW researchers who used machine learning tools to analyze language in 800 Hollywood movie scripts found subtle but widespread gender bias in the amount of power and agency given to male and female characters. (2017-11-13)
Pictures in your head -- the secret of beautiful poems
The more a poem evokes vivid sensory imagery, the more we like it. (2017-12-13)
Computerized writing aids make writing easier for persons with aphasia
It is possible to improve writing skills for those with aphasia with the aid of computerised writing aids. (2009-02-03)
Imagining a successful future can help students overcome everyday difficulties
Having a clear picture in mind of what their future will look like can motivate students to keep going despite the challenges of college life. (2018-01-24)
Study analyzes what 'a' and 'the' tell us about language acquisition
A study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests that experience is an important component of early-childhood language usage although it doesn't necessarily account for all of a child's language facility. (2017-04-05)
Newborn babies who suffered stroke regain language function in opposite side of brain
A stroke in a baby -- even a big one -- does not have the same lasting impact as a stroke in an adult. (2018-02-17)
What's in a name? For young Chinese consumers, it's about culture mixing
Younger, more cosmopolitan Chinese consumers tend to favor brand translations that keep both the sound and the meaning of the original name, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. (2016-10-03)
Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix
A University of Washington study finds that a child's language skills in kindergarten can predict his or her future proficiency in other subjects. (2018-05-17)
Discovering what shapes language diversity
A research team led by Colorado State University is the first to use a form of simulation modeling to study the processes that shape language diversity patterns. (2017-02-10)
Web-based teaching can improve science understanding for struggling pupils
Web-based learning tools can help deepen science knowledge among all middle school students, and ease the science literacy gap for underachieving students, according to a three-year study published today in the International Journal of Science Education. (2018-02-12)
Even flies like a familiar song
The process that allows sounds experienced during infancy to shape language is poorly understood. (2018-03-20)
People use emotion to persuade, even when it could backfire
We intuitively use more emotional language to enhance our powers of persuasion, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2018-04-02)
A common electronic language for magnetic resonance
The standards used to re-transcribed the collected data in organic chemistry is however specific to each laboratory, making it difficult to export the information electronically. (2018-06-06)
Spoken language reveals how people develop and mature
Examining 44,000 brief text samples collected over 25 years, a study of ego level and language sheds light on ego development, its relationship with other models of personality and individual differences, and its utility in characterizing people, texts and cultural contexts. (2018-04-09)
When we sign, we build phrases with similar neural mechanisms as when we speak
Differences between signed and spoken languages are significant, yet the underlying neural processes we use to create complex expressions are quite similar for both, a team of researchers has found. (2018-04-03)
Why do people switch their language?
Due to increasing globalization, the linguistic landscape of our world is changing; many people give up use of one language in favor of another. (2017-03-14)
Global research team fills language gap in plant science
To keep pace with the fast-evolving study of cellular plant science, an international team of researchers has created terminology and definitions likely to become everyday language in laboratories and university classrooms worldwide. (2017-10-03)
Syntax is not unique to human language
Human communication is powered by rules for combining words to generate novel meanings. (2016-03-08)
Mu­sic and nat­ive lan­guage in­ter­act in the brain
Finnish speakers showed an advantage in auditory duration processing compared to German speakers in a recent doctoral study on auditory processing of sound in people with different linguistic and musical backgrounds. (2017-11-29)
Brain's window for language learning open until adulthood
It has long been known that children learn language more easily than adults, but determining exactly when that ability declines has been something of a mystery. (2018-05-01)
Rhythm crucial in drummed speech
An international team of researchers, including Frank Seifart and Sven Grawunder of the former Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Julien Meyer from the Université Grenoble Alpes carried out research into the drummed speech system of the Bora people of the Northwest Amazon. (2018-04-24)
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