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13 January 2011

Babies process words same as adults

Even though they can't talk yet, babies just over a year old understand many spoken words and use the same brain structures as adults to process them, according to a new study.

Even though they can't talk yet, babies just over a year old understand many spoken words and use the same brain structures as adults to process them, according to a new study.

The researchers paired words with pictures, some matching the spoken words and others that had no relation to them. Among other things, the babies saw a picture of a ball followed by the spoken word "ball," as well as a picture of a ball followed by the spoken word "dog".

 
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