Babies read lips

According to the latest Education Aotearoa, “New research suggests babies don’t learn to talk just from hearing sounds – they’re lip-readers too. It happens during that stage when a baby’s babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables and eventually into that first ‘mama’ or ‘dada’. Scientists in the US discovered that from about six-months-old, babies began shifting from the intent eye gaze of early infancy to studying mouths when people talk to them. Once they master the lip movements, they apparently shift back to look you in the eye again. The study will appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” (27)

Ref: ‘Research’ [Research section] (2012)  Education Aotearoa 3(2)Autumn, p.27

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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