Closing the Language Skills Gap Among Children

Here’s the full video from the latest #neuroseries forum, in September; it was so rich in data and ideas that I watched it twice before writing a story about the event for our website. One of my favorite parts is researcher Anne Fernald’s’s description and video showing how fast language-processing speed improves from when a child is 18 months old to when he is 30 months old. Not only is it an easy-to-follow example of how to test language ability in preverbal children, but I love the boy’s attitude when he knows he’s got it right.

I have the short clip with my story; in this video it starts at the 15:05 mark.

This event was part of the Neuroscience and Society series, supported by AAAS and the Dana Foundation. Previous sessions include Growing Older and Cognition (story, video), The Science and Policy of Marijuana (story, video); Creativity, Genius, and the Brain (story, video); Mental Illness Across the Ages (story, video); The Neuroscience of Infant Development (story, video); Stress and the Brain (storyvideo); and The Science of Sleep (storyvideo).

The next session, on phobias, will be on Oct. 18.

– Nicky Penttila

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