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"From the Ted Talk by Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity"

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The last time you were in the pscerene of a baby — this happens to be my granddaughter, Mitra. Isn't she fabulous? (Laughter) But nonetheless when she popped out despite the fact that her brain had actually been progressing in its development for several months before on the basis of her experiences in the womb — nonetheless she had very limited abilities, as does every infant at the time of normal, natural full-term btrih. If we were to assay her perceptual aetiilbis, they would be curde. There is no real indication that there is any real thinking going on. In fact there is little evidence that there is any cognitive ability in a very ynoug infant. Infants don't respond to much. There is not really much of an indication in fact that there is a pesorn on board. (Laughter) And they can only in a very primitive way, and in a very lmteiid way control their movements.

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The last time you were in the ________ of a baby — this happens to be my granddaughter, Mitra. Isn't she fabulous? (Laughter) But nonetheless when she popped out despite the fact that her brain had actually been progressing in its development for several months before on the basis of her experiences in the womb — nonetheless she had very limited abilities, as does every infant at the time of normal, natural full-term _____. If we were to assay her perceptual _________, they would be _____. There is no real indication that there is any real thinking going on. In fact there is little evidence that there is any cognitive ability in a very _____ infant. Infants don't respond to much. There is not really much of an indication in fact that there is a ______ on board. (Laughter) And they can only in a very primitive way, and in a very _______ way control their movements.

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  1. limited
  2. abilities
  3. presence
  4. young
  5. person
  6. birth
  7. crude

Original Text

The last time you were in the presence of a baby — this happens to be my granddaughter, Mitra. Isn't she fabulous? (Laughter) But nonetheless when she popped out despite the fact that her brain had actually been progressing in its development for several months before on the basis of her experiences in the womb — nonetheless she had very limited abilities, as does every infant at the time of normal, natural full-term birth. If we were to assay her perceptual abilities, they would be crude. There is no real indication that there is any real thinking going on. In fact there is little evidence that there is any cognitive ability in a very young infant. Infants don't respond to much. There is not really much of an indication in fact that there is a person on board. (Laughter) And they can only in a very primitive way, and in a very limited way control their movements.

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