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  • Studies Suggest Multilingual Exposure Boosts Children's Communication Skills

    NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments. Click here to listen to the interview...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals

    by Katherine Kinzler, The New York Times BEING bilingual has some obvious advantages. Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

    by Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Ants and Neurons

    Insect colonies offer insight into the mysterious conversations of neurons, illuminating how billions of individual brain cells work in concert to make a single decision... by Elizabeth Lindhardt in Seed Magazine. Read the article.
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  • Re: Can wisdom be taught with words?

    Reading Howard's interesting reflections on how language communicates wisdom brought to mind what Steve Pinker and others have written about the physical mechanics of transferring meaning from mind to mind. This synopsis (from my forthcoming Psychology, 9th edition ) is slightly off-topic---it doesn't...
     Posted by: dmyers
  • Can wisdom be taught with words?

    Is wisdom a characteristic of a person or is it a skill that anyone could acquire? The idea of the wise person like Socrates or King Solomon has figured prominently in many cultures and suggests wisdom may be viewed as an individual trait. Even when wisdom is viewed as learnable, people often think that...
     Posted by: wattawa
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