Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics.

(University of Washington) Infants’ brains start laying the groundwork for the physical requirements of speech long before they utter their first words, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 7- to 12-month-old infants and found that speech from people around them stimulates areas of the brain that coordinate and plan the motor movements necessary for speech  Read Article

Kuhl, Patricia K., Ramirez, Rey R,, Boessler, Alexis, Lotus Lin, Jo-Fu, and Imada, Toshiaki (2014). Infants’ brain responses to speech suggest Analysis by Synthesis. Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, University of Washington – Download Study

Publication:      University of Washington (website)
Author:             Molly McElroy
Publish Date:   7.14.2014