Architects, painters and sculptors conceive of spaces in different ways from other people and from each other, finds a new study by UCL and Bangor University researchers.
Ask Siri to find a math tutor to help you 'grasp' calculus and she's likely to respond that your request is beyond her abilities. That's because metaphors like 'grasp' are difficult for Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant to, well, grasp. But new UC Berkeley research suggests digital helpers could someday learn the algorithms that humans have used for centuries to create and understand metaphorical language.
Social media can be an invaluable source of information for police when managing major disruptive events, new research from Cardiff University has shown.
The oral storytelling skills of African-American preschoolers make a difference in how quickly their reading skills develop, according to a new study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers say the effect is much different for girls and boys.
Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children's lives focus on providing high-quality early-childhood education. Preschool classrooms that are emotionally supportive, well-organized, and cognitively stimulating can help boost children's learning and development. Yet for the most part, focusing on the quality of early-childhood education has emphasized teachers, often missing the central role that children play in their own development.
In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers from Lehigh University and University of California, Berkeley analyzed 5,000 English-language metaphorical mapping records over the last 1100 years and found the evolution of word meaning to be highly systematic -- following predictable patterns. The research will be published in an upcoming issue of Cognitive Psychology.
A new study of language and social change in post-apartheid South Africa demonstrates that gender is a more powerful determinant than class among black university students. The study 'Class, gender, and substrate erasure in sociolinguistic change: A sociophonetic study of schwa in deracializing South African English', by Rajend Mesthrie (University of Cape Town) will be published in the June, 2017 issue of the scholarly journal Language.
Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
In a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Chicago scholars use sign language to understand whether neural entrainment is specialized for spoken language.
Digital games can effectively teach refugee children much-needed skills -- including a new language, cognitive skills, and coding -- while also improving their mental health, finds research by New York University, the City University of New York, and Turkey's Bahcesehir University.