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Science Nation: Babies Are Language Sponges--Even With Sign Language

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It’s widely believed that the younger one is, the easier it will be for one to learn a new language, and new research is finding that holds true for sign language as well. University of California, San Diego (UCSD), psychologist Rain Bosworth says that by five months old, babies are universal language sponges, attracted to language in their environment, and this includes sign language. With support from the National Science Foundation, Bosworth and her colleagues at the Infant Vision Lab (IVL) have been putting that theory to the test, investigating how deafness affects perception and cognition in babies, and the impact of early exposure to sign language. The team includes Karen Dobkins, director of IVL, So-One Hwang, of UCSD’s Center for Research in Language, and student researchers Adam Stone of Gallaudet University and Hector Borges of UCSD. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

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