‘Trash talk’ really can put players off their game

The 1986 NBA All-Star game in Dallas had the first three-point shooting contest, when eight all-stars were selected for the competition. Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, who was known as a trash talker, walked into the locker room as one of the competitors and asked, “Which one of you guys is going to finish second?” He won the contest […]

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‘I’d go to a family function and not talk to anyone’: the social impact of hearing loss

Alan Edwards can still remember the day he heard clearly for the first time. “It was an overwhelming sense of calm,” Edwards says, remembering sitting on a park bench and laughing as he enjoyed the sounds he’d never heard before. Alan Edwards found himself feeling isolated when his hearing deteriorated. “It was really fascinating and amazing.” Having struggled with genetic, […]

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Unwanted unacceptable thoughts—most people have them and we should talk about them

Imagine you’re lying in bed when a sack of cocaine falls from a plane, crashes through your roof and lands next to you. You call the police who come round and arrest you for possession. This would be ridiculous. You are not responsible for things that fall into your house. Now imagine you’re lying in bed when murderous, violently sexual […]

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Parents learn, babies talk: How coaching moms and dads improves infants’ language skills

When it comes to helping infants learn to talk, it’s not just how much parents say, but how they say it. Speaking directly to the baby with a style of speech known as “parentese”—talking slowly and clearly, often with exaggerated vowels and intonation—appears to improve infant language development. A new study from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & […]

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