A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as tottler and better cognitive skills.

From experience to meaning...

This is a kind of follow up on the infamous 30 million word gap, and a sad one to be frank, as this has identified a link between kids who hear high quantities of adult speech and better nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness.. With a novel way to make sure the researchers didn’t have an influence themselves on the results. Do note: this study shows a correlation, not a causal relation!

From the press release:

The major new study, led by researchers at the University of York, identified a link between kids who heard high quantities of adult speech and their nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness.

The researchers gained unprecedented insight into the secret lives of pre-schoolers by fitting tiny audio recorders into the clothing of children aged two to four.

The experiences of 107 children and their interactions with parents…

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