How does being bilingual affect your brain? It depends on how you use language

Depending on what you read, speaking more than one language may or may not make you smarter. These mixed messages are understandably confusing, and they’re due to the fact that nothing is quite as simple as it’s typically portrayed when it comes to neuroscience. We can’t give a simple “yes” or “no” to the question of whether being bilingual benefits […]

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The body language tell that reveals a lot about your relationship

How strong is your relationship these days? This question may not be easy to answer, especially if you’re past the initial infatuation stage of your courtship. Sure, some days, you might feel like no one in the world loves or understands you more; but others, you want to know why you’re the only one who remembers to walk the dog, […]

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Brain responses to language in toddlers with autism linked to altered gene expression

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Cyprus and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with autism as measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The findings were published […]

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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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