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Children’s early life experiences during sensitive periods of neural plasticity shape the brain structures and functions underlying their cognitive aptitudes ...

„Children’s early life experiences during sensitive periods of neural plasticity shape the brain structures and functions underlying their cognitive aptitudes. One critical experience is language exposure. Specifically, the language quantity (e.g., number of words) and quality (e.g., sentence complexity, lexical diversity) that young children hear are the foundation of later language and literacy skills and nonverbal capacities, including executive functioning, math ability, and social skills. Children’s language exposure varies substantially in relation to their socioeconomic status (SES).“

Dr. Rachel R. Romeo u. a., „Beyond the 30-Million-Word Gap: Children’s Conversational Exposure Is Associated With Language-Related Brain Function“. In: „Psychological Science“, 2018, Vol. 29(5), S. 700