Why are children better than adults at learning languages? Is music built into the brain?
At the NYU Center for Language and Music, directed by Dr. Gary Marcus, we study the origins of language and music: what babies and toddlers know about language and music, and how they come to know it.
Our research, which has been published in prestigious journals like Science and Nature, has been funded by the National Institute Health and the Human Frontiers Science Program.
We are interested both in the very roots of systems like language and music -- what goes on in the minds of infants, before they've even started to talk -- and in that explosive period from age two to age five in which children make a giant leap from being mere novices to being more fluent.
If you have a small child, or know someone who does, and would like to help, please let us know, please sign up to bring your baby into the lab.
And please visit Baby and Child @ NYU to learn more about the other labs that study child development at the NYU Psychology Department.
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