4 comments for “When babies learn language

  1. Patrick Harris
    September 9, 2011 at 16:01

    “the method WE use all over the world
    “Citizens of the world”
    Is Worldspeak on the way?
    Of course it could all be innocent stuff and they’re just finding out stuff for the sake of finding out stuff.
    Boy, am I becoming synically sceptical.

  2. September 9, 2011 at 16:24

    Fascinating video, James. Thanks!

    What struck me most was the fact put forward that it takes another human to “imprint” a baby’s brain, rather than input from technology of some kind.

  3. September 9, 2011 at 16:50

    Patrick, I think it’s just repackaging what is known and maybe she’s into the Worldspeak but it’s obvious a baby interacts with the mother this way and is completely focussed on her. That interaction is so critical it can’t be overstated.

    Twilight – yes, I was thinking that about the “other human being” and when we look at it, it’s logical. Perhaps it’s far fetched and nothing to do with learning but when I go to the supermarket, I hate using the machine but always interact with the checkout person – gives a good mood for the day.

  4. September 9, 2011 at 20:28

    Babies “taking statistics” and “citizens of the world”? Oh dear. Too often neuroscientists seem to forget that they calibrate neurological phenomena against physical behaviour. The behaviour is the primary standard, not the neurological correlate.

    That may change of course, but at the moment it’s hard to see how.

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