Babies lip-read before talking
Babblers focus on adults’ mouths when learning how to speak
By Bruce Bower, 14:00 PM January 17, 2012
When adults mouth off, babies learn by watching. As infants start babbling at around age 6 months in preparation for talking, they shift from focusing on adults’ eyes to paying special attention to speakers’ mouths, a new study finds.
As tots become able to blurt out words and simple statements at age 1, they go back to concentrating on adults’ eyes, say psychologist David Lewkowicz and psychology graduate student Amy Hansen-Tift, both of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Whereas b...
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