Babies use their tongues to listen

19 October 2015

Interview with

Professor Janet Werker, University of British Columbia

Babies use their tongues not just to make sounds but also to help them to listen, babyscientists have shown this week. Using a teething toy to temporarily prevent young babies from moving their tongues prevented them being able to tell apart two subtly different sounds. The discovery is important because it reveals a crucial way in which our speech and language develops. So should you give your child a dummy? Chris Smith spoke with study author Janet Werker to find out more...


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