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February 22, 2018


A recent study used Korean babies and American babies to study the differences between how language influences perception.

What Came First, Language or Perception?

One theory scientists have is that the languages you speak affect how you perceive the world.

December 20, 2017


The QWERTY Effect is a phenomenon in which words with higher ratios of letters from the right side of the keyboard are linked to more positive feelings and emotions than words that use more letters from the left side of the keyboard.

The Qwerty Effect

Typing may be influencing how you perceive different words.

September 12, 2017


An image from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Are Spelling Bees Held in Languages Other Than English?

Out of all the European languages, English takes the longest to learn how to read.

March 24, 2017



Speaking with Tongues

In 2004, a team of scientists from Indiana University, proved how necessary a parrot's tongue was in its ability to talk like humans.

October 24, 2016


After a few generations, the signs became streamlined and more efficient.

From Pantomime to Stable Sign

It only takes five generations of learners for a pantomime to become a stable sign.

August 12, 2015



Emotional Brains

Understanding language's meaning requires coordination between the left and right parts of the brain.

August 5, 2015



Describing Smells 

The more exposed to various odors a society is, the more vocabulary it dedicates to naming and describing smells.

November 7, 2014



Baby Talk

Just because you can't understand their baby talk doesn't mean babies can't understand you.

August 15, 2014



Facebook Wants To Get To Know You

New studies use Facebook data to reveal links between word usage and personality.

May 29, 2014


Babbling is a way for babies to practice language skills.

The Science Of Baby Babble

Sounds like 'baba' and 'dada' are common to hear from a six-month old. This is the genesis of sophisticated human speech.

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