What was intended to be a serious and neuroscientific article instead became a barrel of family fun when sharing the original concepts with my sister led to activities that surprised and delighted us. Grab your mates and get out your earphones, the links in this article are quick activities that are better done together.
Our senses are tuned and honed through exposure and usage as we develop. In the early years of our lives our brains are incredibly plastic (changeable), absorbing input like a sponge. In the critical period for language development, mere exposure is enough to shape brain mapping and set foundations for auditory processing and speech production. After 5 years of age and especially after puberty, acquisition of language takes more effort and phonetic range is more fixed (as demonstrated with accents).
Sensory Illusion #1:
Check out this quick video with a bit of phonetics fun and learning.
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