Have you ever heard of MIRROR NEURONS?
Mirror neurons, as far as we know, are the only brain cells that seem specialized to code and understand the actions of OTHER people in relation to our own actions.
They allow humans to understand the actions of other people, learn new skills by imitation, and contribute to Theory of Mind (the ability to attribute mental states and emotions to others). All these skills are incredibly important parts of higher cognitive development.
But, how does that relate to my baby’s language development?
When babies see us make sounds and noises (and, yes, words) with our mouths, when they see us express emotions – their mirror neurons are firing. Almost like their brain is saying “Oh! I’ve seen that before! I can do that too!”
These brain cells are located in the parts of the frontal cortex and they play a major role in your baby learning language! Mirror neurons become activated whenever we carry out an action and see others carrying out that same action.
Mirror neurons give us the urge to imitate the actions of what we’re seeing. Think of that urge to yawn when you watch someone yawning!
Newborn babies not only imitate what others are doing at that moment, they also initiate previously imitated gestures (things they have seen us do before!). Our little tiny babies’ brains are hard-wired to imitate things they see us do.
And who do babies watch and imitate? Us – their care-givers.
What WE do, what WE say, how WE say it, and how WE interact with our babies is SO important for their speech and language development!
This helps us understand the IMPORTANCE of what we do, what we say and how we interact with our babies. It is so important that we provide good examples for our babies to mimic and learn from.
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Emese Nagy, Mario Liotti, Steven Brown, Gordon Waiter, Andrew Bromiley, Colwyn Trevarthen and Gyorgy Bardos, The neural mechanisms of reciprocal communication, Brain Research, 1353,(159), (2010). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2010.07.066Returning to the example of guy ritchie, do homework online you can make a plot summary, summary of movie themes, of editing, of scenes, etc.