NPR had an interesting article on 7-15-14 about use of a new type of brain scan technology to study infant language development. The technology involved is, “a magnetoencephalograph, or MEG, that measures the brain’s magnetic field from outside the head. Unlike MRIs or CTs, which require that patients be completely still, the MEG can scan images in moving patients, which works out perfectly for fidgety babies.” It is described as “looking like a hairdryer from Mars.”

The article describes the results, which mostly provide neurological confirmation of previous behavioral findings. It ends with the following recommendation for new parents: “Talk to your baby; you’re prompting it to act on the world.”
The article is a quick read, and is work a look at least to see the entertaining picture of a very cute infant in the device. The article may be access online for free.

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