Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Vocal LearningQ&A with Michael Yartsev, Ph.D.
Most mammals know from birth how to make sounds that communicate, but not humans. And not bats: Dana grantee Michael Yartsev has collected reams of data on how Egyptian fruit bats learn to make sounds to communicate as a way to understand how we do it.
Finding the Rhythm of LiteracyQ&A with Nina Kraus, Ph.D.
Dana grantee Nina Kraus and her lab discovered that synchronization ability, like tapping your foot along to a beat, matches the rapid brain activity linked to reading, language and phonological skills. Understanding children’s rhythmic strengths and bottlenecks could help teachers help them improve language skills.