Infants may use their caregiver’s touches to learn new words, according to a recent study.
Researchers, led by Amanda Seidl, analysed the language development of four-month old babies, while they listened to a continuous stream of nonsense words.
In the first experiment, every time a particular word was spoken, researchers touched the babies’ knees. When a second word was spoken, researchers touched the infants’ elbows on one out of 24 occasions. Almost all the babies showed they had recognised the first word in a follow-up language preference study.
In a second experiment, researchers touched their own face instead of the babies’. The infants did not recognise any words in a later test.
Researchers are hopeful the findings may help discover what kind of learners children are, and then target their learning environment to their learning styles.Read more at Purdue University