MIT Brain Study: Back-And-Forth Talk Key To Developing Kids' Verbal Skills
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. "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. Get personal health and local medical research news sent to your inbox each week. Sign up now. 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. That finding from 1995 helped explain some school achievement gaps. It strengthens a two-part message, she added. But Dr.
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