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Seven Myths and the Science that can Change Our Minds

The Mythbusters presentation below includes seven myths and the science that debunks them based on the research of Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto.  Dr. Petitto is known for her work on the biological bases of language, especially involving early language acquisition. Her studies of this topic span 30 years, beginning in 1973 with her research at Columbia University in which she found that attempts to teach sign language to a baby chimpanzee were not successful and unlike language acquisition in humans (“Project Nim Chimpsky”).  Learn more about Dr. Pettito's research.

Petitto, L.A. (In Press). Chapter for The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development OECD. The Impact of Minimal Language Experience on Children During Sensitive Periods of Brain and Early Language Development: Myths Debunked and New Policy Implications. The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). View Document


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