The BL2 Science Blog

Can an Ape Create a Sentence?

Can Koko, Washoe, and other primates acquire language? (Hint, the answer’s no.) Read Terrace, Petitto, Sanders, & Bever (1979), learn why language is a human thing! Researchers in the 1970s worked with chimpanzees and gorillas in attempts to teach them various...

On the Biological Foundations of Human Language

In Petitto (2000) we learn that babies exposed to spoken and sign languages detect patterns in language. Language acquisition transcends modality. Hearing babies who are exposed to a signed and spoken language from birth (bilingual-bimodal) develop language similarly...

Dual Language Exposure in Infancy

Dual language exposure in infancy can change neural and language processing in the developing brain: An fNIRS investigation Kaja Jasinska (University of Toronto) and Laura-Ann Petitto (Gallaudet University) Society for Neuroscience Control Number: 17724 Hot Topics...

Simultaneous Imaging of Neural Activations

Simultaneous imaging of neural activations of women and men in real-time conversation using fNIRS. Society for Neuroscience, November 12-16, 2011, Washington, D.C. Kaja Jasinska, Gelareh Jowkar-Baniani, Faiza Ahmed, Eve Forster, Shaaista Bhasin, Anthony Naimi,...