Making Sense Out of Baby Talk

Interaction with Mom Influences Infant Babble

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Baby and Mom

Researchers sewed wireless microphones into infants' denim overalls. They found that babies changed their babble depending on behavioral responses from their mothers. Jennifer Schwade hide caption

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Babies' babbling is the stuff of scientific study. Writing in the current issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have discovered that babies change and improve their babbling sounds in rapid response to affectionate behaviors from their mothers. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports.

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