UK researchers have found toddlers who hear more speech in everyday life have more of a substance which makes language-related brain signals more efficient.
Talking to toddlers boosts early brain development
Talking to toddlers can help advance early brain development, UK scientists have found.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) discovered that two-and-a-half-year-olds who heard more speech in everyday life had more myelin – a substance that makes brain signals more efficient – in language-related areas of their brains.
The researchers said their findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated how talking to toddlers could shape their developing brain.
“We know that children’s brains develop very rapidly in the first two years of life, with brain volume at about 80 per cent that of an adult brain by the age of two,” said lead researcher Prof John Spencer, from UEA’s School of Psychology.