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It's Not Just Grammar: A Person's Sex Impacts How We Process Language

By | Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:27

The way we register spoken words may not be purely grammatical — the gender of the talker also impacts how our brains linguistically break down what is said.

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How Empathy Illuminates Sarcasm And Irony

By | Wed, 10/09/2013 - 09:12

Your understanding of sarcasm increases along with your empathy skills, a new study finds.

Social Media Language Analysis Offers New Personality Insights

Language Analysis Of Facebook Offers New Insights Into Human Personality

By | Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:55

A massive amount of data from more than 15.4 million Facebook messages has helped English-language researchers glean new insights into personality.

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Toddlers Learn Language Faster Via Interactive TV Shows

By | Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:29

Responsive interactions in videos help toddlers learn language more quickly, according to a new study.

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Babies Begin Learning Language In The Womb; Remember Words After Birth

By | Mon, 08/26/2013 - 20:36

Babies exposed to three syllable sounds while still in the womb were able to remember them after birth, showing that language learning begins long before day one.

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How The Words We Use Adapt To Society's Changing Values

By | Thu, 08/08/2013 - 09:35

As civilization has developed from a rural to urban society, a UCLA psychologist tested how the frequency and choice of our words could be an insight into our values.

Discovery Of The Cause of Cat Allergies Brings With It Promise Of Cure

Cat's Meow Means Nothing to Humans; The Reasons You Can Never Understand Your Pet

By | Wed, 07/31/2013 - 21:06

Scientists say that a cat's meow is nonspecific and incomprehensible — so even if you think you understand it, you really don't. Sorry cat owners.

Brain's Dominant Side Determines Which Ear to Use During Phone Call

Brain's Dominant Side Determines Your Phone Call Ear

By | Sun, 05/19/2013 - 16:10

Your brain's dominant side correlates with which ear you use while speaking on the phone. Researchers believe this finding will help doctors isolate the language centers in the brain before surgery.

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Words And Metaphor Real To Human Brain, Researchers Say

By | Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:51

In studying the evolution of language with the human brain, researchers say that language developed from "spare parts" found in the old monkey brain.

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‘Talking’ Monkeys: Gelada Baboons’ Social Lip-Smacking Hints at Human Language Evolution [VIDEO]

By | Tue, 04/09/2013 - 00:22

Are these talking monkeys? Wild gelada baboons, native to Ethiopia, make lip-smacking sounds while socializing that sound surprisingly like human speech.

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Tonal Language Speakers Have an Advantage in Musical Learning, Pitch Training

By | Wed, 04/03/2013 - 00:57

Tonal language speakers hear musical pitch more finely than English speakers- consider raising your children in Cantonese if you want them to become multi-instrumentalists.

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Why Do Humans Cry? Scientist Says Tears Served as a Means of Communication Before the Evolution of Language

By | Fri, 02/01/2013 - 10:44

A leading scientist says that the human phenomenon of emotional crying is hugely important and developed as a way for humans to communicate how they feel before the emergence of language.

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Bilingual Seniors Have More Flexible Minds

By | Wed, 01/09/2013 - 08:48

A new study found that older adults who have spoken two languages all their lives score higher on cognitive flexibility tasks than those who only spoke one language.

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Babies Learn Language Basics While Still in Womb

By | Wed, 01/02/2013 - 09:24

A new study shows that children begin learning vowels in their native language while still in the womb.

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Stroke Victim Wakes Only Speaking Language He Never Formally Learned

By | Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:43

An 81-year-old Englishman woke up after having suffered from a stroke speaking only Welsh.

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