Functional Brain Imaging Methods in Language Development

Jens Brauer

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Functional Brain Imaging Methods in Language Development

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  • Language develops in children while, at the same time, the brain anatomically matures. Certainly, there are two key factors that enable the development of language in infants and children: the nature of the biological foundation of the brain and its maturation over time, on the one hand, and the nurture of sensory, intellectual, and social input into this emergent system, on the other. Both factors are assumed necessary for a regular development of this uniquely human capability, which is to comprehend and express language.

    From behavioral methods in the study of language development, we have learned enormously about the developmental steps of language processing in infants and children. These steps have been described in detail: early phoneme discrimination and prosodic differentiation, the buildup of phonemic registers, ...

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