Using an fMRI scanner to view word groups in the brain could take us closer to creating a universal ‘language decoder’.
Being bilingual can help you on holiday, but does the evidence agree that it makes you smarter too? Ian Sillett investigates.
How does experience shape language development? This lecture will examine what we currently know about how the brain processes a signed language and how you learn to read a language that you can’t hear. It will also examine how this research can be used to drive forward evidence-based language and education interventions.
Does talking to children in several different languages confuse them and slow their linguistic development?
This post originally appeared on Refractive Index, Imperial College London’s Science Communication Group blog. It can be tough being a member of ‘the public’. Imagine for a moment that you are on your lunchbreak and, being the responsible British taxpayer that you are, you decide to have a quick look at how your really quite-significant […]
There is no question about it, we have big heads. Relative to our body size we have the largest brains on earth, and even non-relative to body size, our brains are still some of the largest. If we consider that we are the well-honed product of mother nature’s machinations then it follows logically that large […]
According to a friend, people think we’ll be able to talk with dolphins within 5 years. After questioning his drinking habits (and a quick Google), it turns out he was right. Research has shown that once we get the basics of the ‘click click’ language of dolphin’s down, we’ll be able to hold full conversations […]
By Monique Tsang Learning a new language can be a lot of hard work – especially for the brain. But it could be easier than you think. If you ever thought you spoke a foreign language, chances are you must have had a similar experience. You wanted to say something in your newly acquired language, […]
Could a 1950s attitude to gender roles be stunting animal behaviour research? A recent study published online by the journal Animal Behaviour has found extensive stereotyping of sex roles throughout the research literature of sexual conflict: portraying males as active and females as reactive. Sexual conflict refers to adaptations produced by one sex that are […]