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Bilingual Babies Could Have A Higher IQ

Teaching your baby more than one language? It could benefit her in more than one way

Bilingual babies could have higher IQs than those brought up speaking one language, new research has found.

In a study of mothers and babies in Singapore showed that six-month-old babies recognised familiar images more quickly than babies who grow up with parents who speak one language. 

The babies exposed to two or more languages also paid more attention to new images, compared to toddlers speaking in just one language.

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In the study, each child was shown a coloured picture of a bear or a wolf. For half the group, the bear was made become the ‘familiar’ image while the wolf was the ‘novel’ one – and the other way around for the rest of the babies.

The results showed that bilingual babies got bored of familiar images faster than babies exposed to just one language. The bilingual babies also stared for longer at the novel image, showing ‘novelty preference.’

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‘Even though it is quite a simple task, visual habituation is one of the few tasks in infancy that has been shown to predict later cognitive development,’ says the study’s lead author, associate professor Leher Singh.

From letting your little one play alone to being active, there are lots of ways you can boost your baby’s development.

READ: 10 WAYS TO HELP YOUR TODDLER DEVELOP (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING)
 
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