Babies want to speak as early as 7 months
July 15th, 2014
03:09 PM ET

Babies want to speak as early as 7 months

Babies usually start speaking by their first birthday. But new research suggests talking to your baby stimulates his brain well before she utters those first words.

For the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors compared how 7- and 11-month-old babies from English-speaking families processed sounds from English and Spanish.

Researchers at the University of Washington looked at 57 babies who were 7, 11 and 12 months old. The babies sat in an egg-shaped, noninvasive brain scanner that measures brain activation and listened to speech sounds played over a loudspeaker.

The researchers examined patterns of brain activation in areas of the brain that analyze sound, as well as areas that plan the motor movements required to produce speech.

At 7 months, infants responded equally to sounds from both English and Spanish.

“Babies are citizens of the world,” Dr. Patricia Kuhl, the lead researcher on the study, said. “They’re not committed to any language or any languages. They’re just open.”

At 11 months, however, the infants saw greater activation of the motor areas in the brain for English sounds. Kuhl said this suggests that as infants’ brains develop further, they focus in on sounds familiar to them.

“What we believe is happening is that the babies are dying to talk back,” Kuhl said. “It means that babies even at an early age are practicing and rehearsing and activating brains in a social way so that when we serve something to them, they’re attempting to volley back.”

These findings reinforce the importance of talking to your baby, instead of just plopping him or her in front of the television.

“When [babies] look at the TV set, they seem interested but their brains don’t learn,” Kuhl said. “Babies recognize and can distinguish the sounds only if they heard live speakers present to them – only if they were interacting socially.”

Dr. Gordon Ramsay, director of the spoken communication laboratory at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, said multiple elements are at play when infants learn how to speak.

“The message for parents is that speech acquisition in infancy is built upon a scaffold of sensory experience, motor activity and social interaction,” Ramsay said. “All these components need to come together in the natural resonant coupling between child, caregiver and environment if every child is to progress along the path to spoken language.”

However, Ramsay says the study should have followed the same babies through the course of their development, rather than examining different 7-month-olds and 11- and 12-month-olds.

“Because developmental timing is so important, and there is so much variability and delay within children, it’s really important to do longitudinal studies,” Ramsay said.

soundoff (686 Responses)
  1. BbshMile

    what is in viagra https://loxviagra.com/ how do you spell viagra

    May 15, 2021 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Maserati Tampa


    May 15, 2021 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. FmrfEncox

    buy cialis online https://cialisee.com/ cialis international

    May 15, 2021 at 12:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. cyclosporine

    cyclosporine eye drops cyclomune 0.1% eye drops cost

    May 15, 2021 at 13:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Maserati Greenville


    May 15, 2021 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Eye Exams Near Me


    May 15, 2021 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. realtors wallace idaho


    May 15, 2021 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Levante Maserati

    I needed to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. I've got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you post…


    May 15, 2021 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. house for sale near me now


    May 15, 2021 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Content Marketing Irvine


    May 15, 2021 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. 먹튀사이트

    I quite like reading through an article that will make men and women think. Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!


    May 15, 2021 at 19:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 메이저사이트

    You have made some really good points there. I looked on the web for more info about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.


    May 15, 2021 at 20:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bred Brearter



    May 15, 2021 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. the url atlas

    hey! download free PLR e-books with one click bulk download 400+ ebooks all PLR!!!

    May 15, 2021 at 21:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. LebnEncox

    canadianpharmacyworld http://xlnpharmacy.com/ best online pharmacy

    May 15, 2021 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. aika private server files download

    I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I've got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…


    May 16, 2021 at 02:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Social Media Marketing Companies Cypress

    You're so interesting! I do not think I've read anything like that before. So good to find another person with genuine thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!


    May 16, 2021 at 02:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Internet Marketing Agencies

    You have made some good points there. I checked on the internet to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.


    May 16, 2021 at 03:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. LebnEncox

    Baclofen https://xlnpharmacy.com/ legitimate online pharmacy

    May 16, 2021 at 05:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Aika Forum

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!


    May 16, 2021 at 06:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. avana

    avanafil dosing buy avanafil usa

    May 16, 2021 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. combigan

    brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic brimonidine dosage

    May 16, 2021 at 08:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. aika online review


    May 16, 2021 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Freightline Sprinter Repair

    When I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be a way you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!


    May 16, 2021 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Sprinter Van Recall Repair Near Me

    There is certainly a great deal to learn about this issue. I really like all of the points you've made.


    May 16, 2021 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. avanafil

    avanafil india buy avana uk

    May 16, 2021 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. LbsoZisse

    cialis 36 hour http://ucialisdas.com/ – cialis australia online shopping montreal drug cialis

    May 16, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Dione Fuda

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/12/shorttake-boeing-787-might-fly-december-14th/


    May 16, 2021 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. I Fashion Styles

    hello!,I love your writing very so much! percentage we be in contact extra about your post on AOL? I require an expert on this area to solve my problem. Maybe that's you! Looking forward to look you.


    May 16, 2021 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Leave a Reply to how to use cbd oil for anxiety


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.