Infants’ preference for native speakers

A series of EEG experiments on 45 11-month-old children suggests that theta activity might serve as a marker of information expectation and learning preparation in infants, and demonstrates that infants expect to receive information from people speaking their native language but not from foreign-language speakers, suggesting that infants’ preference for native speakers, commonly interpreted as driven by group-affiliation, may originate from children’s desire to acquire information. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-03261: “Infants’ preferences for native speakers are associated with an expectation of information,” by Katarina Begus, Teodora Gliga, and Victoria Southgate.