Babies Learning Language
Welcome to our blog about babies and language (or more fancily stated: infant psycholinguistics)!
We are a group of researchers (the Bergelson lab, part of Duke Child Studies) who study how babies learn language from the world around them. We use lots of different methods to do this: we measure what infants see and sense at home and in the lab, and what brain-signals they give off. Our goal is to get a better understanding of when and how infants learn their native language(s)–which is pretty magical. Check in every month for more posts!
We’ll be focusing on posts looking at infants and language learning, both within typical development, and in the case of infants who have severe-to-profound vision loss or severe-to-profound hearing loss.
We’ll also occasionally chime in about our plans, trials, and tribulations working with some rad after-school programs here in Durham, which aim to teach K-2nd graders that they too can be scientists, and a bit about how hearing, vision, and communication works!
Oh by the way: this blog is tied to our educational outreach efforts, as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, for which we are very grateful!
We publish longer posts every month relating to baby-language research!
Most Mondays, we’ll have a short post defining different terms that may appear in our feature posts or more generally in the literature on cognition, linguistics, hearing, vision, and infancy.
These posts will be written by lab members of all sorts: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, lab staff, and undergraduate researchers!