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Study: Babies who can't speak may still process words

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A new study suggests babies begin to process speech months before saying their first word.

Researchers used a special brain scanner on a group of 7-month-old and 12-month-old infants. They then watch brain activity as the babies listened to sounds.

They found that while younger babies respond to all speech sounds, the older infants' brains were working out how to form those words and what they mean.

Experts said these findings emphasize the importance of talking to babies who aren't yet verbal.
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