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From the Ted Talk "Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies"

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Work in my lab is focused on the first critical period in development, and that is the period in which babies try to emrtsa which sounds are used in their language. We think, by studying how the usonsd are learned, we'll have a model for the rest of language, and perhaps for critical periods that may exist in childhood for social, emotional and cognitive development. So we've been studying the sbeiba using a technique that we're using all over the world and the sounds of all languages. The baby sits on a parent's lap, and we train them to turn their heads when a sound changes — like from "ah" to "ee." If they do so at the appropriate imte, the black box lights up and a panda bear dponsu a drum. A six-monther adores the kast.

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Work in my lab is focused on the first critical period in development, and that is the period in which babies try to ______ which sounds are used in their language. We think, by studying how the ______ are learned, we'll have a model for the rest of language, and perhaps for critical periods that may exist in childhood for social, emotional and cognitive development. So we've been studying the ______ using a technique that we're using all over the world and the sounds of all languages. The baby sits on a parent's lap, and we train them to turn their heads when a sound changes — like from "ah" to "ee." If they do so at the appropriate ____, the black box lights up and a panda bear ______ a drum. A six-monther adores the ____.

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Original Text

Work in my lab is focused on the first critical period in development, and that is the period in which babies try to master which sounds are used in their language. We think, by studying how the sounds are learned, we'll have a model for the rest of language, and perhaps for critical periods that may exist in childhood for social, emotional and cognitive development. So we've been studying the babies using a technique that we're using all over the world and the sounds of all languages. The baby sits on a parent's lap, and we train them to turn their heads when a sound changes — like from "ah" to "ee." If they do so at the appropriate time, the black box lights up and a panda bear pounds a drum. A six-monther adores the task.

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