Smithsonian: Baby Talk Gives Infant Brains a Boost

Studies by researchers at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are highlighted in a Smithsonian feature about how infant-directed speech (“parentese”) is much more than child's play—it's an important learning tool.

The Smithsonian story, published online May 28, includes these I-LABS studies:

Infant brains ‘rehearse’ speech mechanics while listening
Research article available here  »
Also, Discover magazine named this study one of the top science stories of the year.

Babbling babies – responding to one-on-one ‘baby talk’ – master more words
Research article available here  »  

While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers (with video)
Research article available here  »