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"Look who's talking"

Learning, Processing

Date: 5 March 2015

Madeline Power, The Canberra Weekly Magazine, 5 March 2015:

A unique longitudinal research project focusing on the way children develop their language skills from an early age will soon be conducted at the Australian National University. The ANU Language Lab at the Research School of Psychology, headed by Associate Professor Evan Kidd, will soon see a large number of children andparents through its doors as a part of a longitudinal study investigating children's language development from nine months to five years of age.

"In this project, we've been awarded funding for seven years to conduct a study focusing on children from an early age and analyse their ability to identify words and language to predict their future development," Assoc. Professor Kidd says.

"This type of longitudinal study is unprecedented. The large scale of the project means we will be able to grasp a better understanding of how a nine month-old become a five year old – it's amazing how good children are at picking up and developing their language skills, it never ceases to amaze me," he says.

The types of methods used in the study will range from video and udio recordings, standardised langauge measures such as picture games and speaking, to questionnaires for the parents and experimental methods such as an eye tracking computer program and EEG (electroencephalography), which is a sfe cap containing electrodes that record brain wave activity.

The study will begin in the next six weeks. If you are interested in teh study, or would like to learn more about the Language Lap, visit or email

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