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BABYRHYTHM PROJECT: Oscillatory Rhythmic Entrainment and the Foundations of Language Acquisition.

How does the brain learn language

Language lies at the heart of our experience as humans and disorders of language acquisition carry severe developmental costs. Recent results in auditory neuroscience show that speech processing depends on brain wave rhythms aligning to rhythms in speech. To learn language, the infant brain needs to learn to “copy” (or align with) the rhythms produced when we talk. Consequently, successful language acquisition by infants must depend in part on successful rhythmic processing. The BabyRhythm Project will be exploring the relationship between brain and speech rhythms and language acquisition.

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