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Babies learn words the same way adults do

By John Published: January 10, 2011

Science Daily reports on new research about how babies learn language. Babies, even those too young to talk, use the same brain structures adults do to learn words, contrary to the idea that learning begins primatively and evolves into the mechanisms and processes adults use.

Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at the University of California, San Diego show that babies just over a year old process words they hear with the same brain structures as adults, and in the same amount of time. Moreover, the researchers found that babies were not merely processing the words as sounds, but were capable of grasping their meaning.
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