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Article #3 Language Development: An interesting study done by researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institutes suggests that the use of the well marketed “Baby Einstein” and “Brainy Baby” videos do not have an influence on the vocabularies of toddlers 17 to 24 months of age . Even more interestingly, the researchers assert that for every hour of the day spent watching baby videos, infants 8 to 16 months understood actually six to eight words fewer than those who did not watch the videos . The study also is planning to look into the effects of what infants and toddlers watch and how that effects their language development . One of our most remarkable cognitive abilities, language is formal system of
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Unformatted text preview: communication using symbols and rules, which can be spoken, written, or gestured . The process of language development starts with cooing noises around the age of 2-3 months . In the most babies, the first word comes around the first birthday . This is preceded by babbling noises specific to the language of the household . Coming from a generation of avid television watchers, it would interesting to see if these stages are influenced by the amount of time we spend in front of the ‘tube . As a child who spent a lot of time watching cartoons mixed in with my Dad’s favorite political talk shows, the new research also intrigues me; maybe Dad was right when he made us switch to his shows ....
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