You've heard it before: the more words a baby hears, the faster his vocabulary will grow.
But, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut - in conjunction with colleagues from the University of Washington - asserts this traditional belief may not be true.
According to a press release: "Their findings show that what actually spurs early language development isn’t so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which that speech occurs."
Translation: "baby talk" during one-on-one, parent-child conversations is hugely beneficial to a child's verbal development.
Researchers studied thousands of 30-second "snippets of verbal exchanges" between moms, dads and infants.
The study will be published in Developmental Science.
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