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New study: Parents should talk with — not just to — their kids to boost brain power

MIT cognitive scientists have found that conversation between an adult and a child appears to change the child’s brain.

New research from MIT suggests that, rather than just exposing young children to more words, parents should try conversing with them more to boost their brain development.

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