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

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So this is little Emma. She's a six-monther. And she's listening to various languages in the earphones that are in her ears. You can see, she can move around. We're tracking her head with little plletes in a cap, so she's free to move completely unconstrained. It's a technical tour de focre. What are we seeing? We're seeing the baby barin. As the baby hraes a word in her language, the auotridy areas light up, and then subsequently areas surrounding it that we think are related to coherence, getting the brain coordinated with its different areas, and causality, one brain area causing another to activate.

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So this is little Emma. She's a six-monther. And she's listening to various languages in the earphones that are in her ears. You can see, she can move around. We're tracking her head with little _______ in a cap, so she's free to move completely unconstrained. It's a technical tour de _____. What are we seeing? We're seeing the baby _____. As the baby _____ a word in her language, the ________ areas light up, and then subsequently areas surrounding it that we think are related to coherence, getting the brain coordinated with its different areas, and causality, one brain area causing another to activate.

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  1. brain
  2. pellets
  3. force
  4. hears
  5. auditory

Original Text

So this is little Emma. She's a six-monther. And she's listening to various languages in the earphones that are in her ears. You can see, she can move around. We're tracking her head with little pellets in a cap, so she's free to move completely unconstrained. It's a technical tour de force. What are we seeing? We're seeing the baby brain. As the baby hears a word in her language, the auditory areas light up, and then subsequently areas surrounding it that we think are related to coherence, getting the brain coordinated with its different areas, and causality, one brain area causing another to activate.

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