MIT Brain Study: Back-And-Forth Talk Key To Developing Kids' Verbal Skills
Sign up for the CommonHealth newsletter to receive a weekly digest of WBUR’s best health, medicine and science coverage. New MIT research finds that for children's brain development, parents don't just need to talk to their kids — it's important to talk with them, in back-and-forth exchanges. Story continues below Most Viewed Stories "What we found is, the more often parents engaged in back-and-forth conversation with their child, the stronger was the brain response in the front of the brain to language," said cognitive neuroscience professor John Gabrieli. That stronger brain response, measured as children ages 4 to 6 lay in a scanner listening to simple stories, reflects a deeper, more intimate engagement with language, said graduate student Rachel Romeo. On average, a child from a better-off, more-educated family is likely to hear 30 million more words in the first three years of life than a child from a less-well-off family. It strengthens a two-part message, she added. But Dr.
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