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Thursday, March 23, 2006

How babies learn their first words ?

Parents are probably already know this - babies are learning words at 10 months old. However parents don't know that babies don't care much what they say - infants tend to grasp the names of objects that interest them rather than whatever the speaker thinks is important, a new study, led by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University, finds.
The infants were able to learn two new words in 5 minutes with just 5 presentations for each word and object. Importantly, the babies paired a new word to the object they liked best, regardless of what object the speaker referred to.

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Blogger Ginger Blue said...

I think this is a couple months late. By 10 months, all of my kids were already recognizing words and one of mine was speaking with a 20 word vocabulary. Babies as young as 6 or 7 months often look at something when you talk about it. They're listening. This is why teaching babies sign language has taken off in popularity. Apparently they can gesture long before they can articulate...so this gives them a jump on communication and reduced frustration for all.

6:53 AM

 
Blogger slanius2000 said...

Speaking of infants I have a friend that has a little girl that is almost 5 & she is still not potty trained. Any advice?

8:46 AM

 
Blogger Jessica said...

I read to my babies since the day they were born. They were/are very verbal.

6:59 AM

 
Blogger starbender said...

Very Interesting!
:)

7:49 AM

 
Blogger Laura said...

So when the baby is saying "mama," what she really means is "more food please?" Ok, that one was obvious.

Dada=shiny, noisy keys
duck=those yummy cookies my grandma gives me
no=Aren't I being cute? Now give me another cookie!

8:53 PM

 

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