How do we get better at tasks? In this episode, we describe an important mechanism of learning: pruning away neural connections.
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It’s sort of amazing how babies can figure out language without being told any explicit rules. In this episode, we learn about how babies are actually a lot like songbirds in the Australian Outback: they’re guided to babble in certain ways that slowly build toward the language in their environment. Strangely, there is no imitation taking place! Hear all about these new ideas from Cornell University research Michael Goldstein.
This is the tenth piece in a series about the information found in sound. Contributors to this piece can be found here.