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  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 06:46 PM

The innate ability to learn language

Angela Herring / News@Northeastern
By utilizing an optical brain imaging technique called near-infrared spectroscopy, or NIRS, the researchers found that newborns have the capacity to learn linguistic rules. This finding — published this month in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience — suggests that the neural foundations of language acquisition are present at birth.

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