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How does what we hear, from language to music, affect our minds and preferences? Join us for an exciting evening of discovery.
Why we like what we hear: what songbirds can teach us about auditory preferences
Erin Wall (PhD Candidate)
When we hear music, our response largely depends on our individual experiences. Our perception is influenced by what we listened to growing up, whether we’re alone using headphones or at a concert with friends. Our experiences tune the way our brains process sounds, and as social animals, our interactions play a critical role. Studying our feathered friends can help us uncover the building blocks of auditory preference and the way social experiences shape our perception of the world around us.
Baby, you’re bilingual: How bilingual babies discover language
Esther Schott (Ph.D candidate)
Many people in Montreal are bilingual, and when those people have babies, they are often raised bilingually. Science has already discovered a lot about how bilingual babies learn their languages. In many cases, researchers are just starting to catch up to the amazing feats that bilingual babies accomplish. We’ll go on a tour of some of bilingual babies’ developmental milestones, explore current research questions, and give some myth-busting for recommendations for raising bilingual children. For example : is it okay to speak franglais to a baby? Do kids who hear two languages get confused?