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It is not just the number of words that children hear that is important — the quality of the language children hear also matters. (Shutterstock)

How caregivers can help build children’s emerging language skills

Given the clear importance of language skills for lifelong outcomes, it is critical to set children up early for language success.
Psychologists aren’t sure which factors drive students to form specific academic identities, but these identities can affect career choices. Tom Werner/DigitalVision via GettyImages

Students perceive themselves as a ‘math person’ or a ‘reading person’ early on – and this can impact the choices they make throughout their lives

Students are less likely to think they can be good at both math and reading as they get closer to high school.
Words can have a powerful effect on people, even when they’re generated by an unthinking machine. iStock via Getty Images

Google’s powerful AI spotlights a human cognitive glitch: Mistaking fluent speech for fluent thought

Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.

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