Humans and monkeys think more alike than we knew

Both monkeys and humans have a way of thinking that involves recursion, a process of arranging words, phrases, or symbols to convey complex ideas.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution language cognition monkeys featured science-and-technology

Chimp lip smacks hint at human speech evolution

While grooming each other, chimpanzees move their mouths at a rate similar to human speech. It's another clue in the mystery of speech's evolution.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution language speech chimpanzees communication science-and-technology

Twitter can reveal the well-being of a whole community

Machine learning can scan social media to find out how entire communities are doing psychologically, researchers say. It could help boost public health.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning social-media language internet emotions society-and-culture

These words and views suggest who dehumanizes immigrants

The language Americans use and their support for certain policies like the death penalty indicate who's most likely to dehumanize immigrants.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics language immigrants united-states racism society-and-culture beliefs rhetoric

Facebook language changes before a trip to the E.R.

Language people use on Facebook becomes more formal before they make a visit to the emergency room, according to new research.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media language anxiety facebook hospitals health-and-medicine emergency-medicine

Can classmates boost writing education for kids?

Writing education is leaving too many kids without the skills they need. A new intervention brings kids together to help each other learn better.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: education language writing society-and-culture teachers

Word nerds may be faster at learning to code than math whizzes

Language aptitude is a better predictor of learning to code than math skills, researchers find.

U. Washington • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: language math problem-solving computers society-and-culture

Why companies shouldn’t label clothes ‘adaptive’

"Calling an item of clothing adaptive can alienate and exclude people living with disabilities."

Sheena Rice-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: language marketing disabilities consumers health-and-medicine clothing

More ‘parentese’ now improves language skills later

With a bit of coaching, parents use more "parentese" with their babies, and that leads to babies having better language skills months later.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: language parents babies featured science-and-technology

Kids have better vocab by 3 when parents read to them

Regardless of their risk for facing learning, attention, or behavioral development problems, reading to kids is associated with better vocabulary skills.

Jennifer Forbes-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: attention language parents learning vocabulary reading society-and-culture

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