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All Posts Tagged With: "language"

Video Excerpt: Kermit Loves a Bucket

Cognitive psychologist Elizabeth Spelke tests the representational thinking skills of children by asking them to relate a map to the real world.

Jan 16th, 2010 | Comments Off

Web-Exclusive Video: The Human Spark and Man’s Best Friend

Alan Alda meets with scientist Juliane Kaminski and a very smart dog named C.J. Dogs have some talents that even chimpanzees don't.

Dec 22nd, 2009 | 3 comments

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In the News: Monkey Brains Process Drumming Like Vocalizations

A new study looked at how macaque monkeys respond to other monkeys’ efforts at communication in the form of drumming or vocalizing.

Dec 11th, 2009 | 1 comment

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In the News: 2009 Kistler Prize to Dr. Svante Pääbo

Dr. Svante Pääbo, an evolutionary biologist featured in The Human Spark, was recently awarded the 2009 Kistler Prize. Watch video of Dr. Pääbo with Alan Alda.

Nov 10th, 2009 | 2 comments

Spark Blog: Video – Dr. Steven Pinker: Language Makes Us Human

Language is central to Steven Pinker's conception of what makes us human.

Apr 9th, 2009 | 4 comments

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In the News: Counting Without Numbers

One of the earliest things American children are taught is how to count items out loud. But how much do we understand about numbers before we learn this vocabulary?

Dec 23rd, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: How Does Your Brain React to Gibberish?

The scientists in Oregon wanted to see how brains react to mistakes in grammar, even when the listener isn’t fluent in the language being spoken!

Sep 10th, 2008 | 8 comments

Spark Blog: Inside Alan Alda’s Brain

In Oregon, we peered with both an MRI and a brain wave monitor into Alan’s brain to find out how he employs it for language and tool use.

Aug 27th, 2008 | 10 comments

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In the News: Why Your Voice Is Quieter Than an Orangutan’s

All great apes, including humans, have vocal tract air sacs that they use to call out loud. Ours have evolved to be smaller than the other apes’, leaving them with louder voices.

Aug 25th, 2008 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: Why I Volunteer to Have My Brain Scanned

Brian Moore is one of the people who has volunteered a couple of times for Helen Neville’s language fMRI studies at the University of Oregon. Find out why in this video clip.

Aug 19th, 2008 | 3 comments
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