Background noise shown to impede learning


As parents we want to do our best to help our toddlers learn, but we could be impeding their abilities with too much noise.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin suggest that everyday background noise can hamper a toddler's ability to learn new words.

Households and daycares with multiple people talking at the same time, environmental noise and other distractions like radio or television, make word learning much more challenging.

Researchers assessed more than 100 toddlers, finding they were more successful learning new words when their surroundings were quite than when there was background noise.

Despite the distractions, in general, children's ability to learn words quickly is impressive.

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