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March 8, 2006

How Infants Learn To Talk - Student Wins International Recognition

From: Medical News Today (press release), UK - Mar 8, 2006

Main Category: Pediatrics News
Article Date: 08 Mar 2006 - 0:00am (UK)

An Indiana University School of Medicine first-year student has received international recognition for her research into how infants learn to talk.

Jennifer Phan, a Carmel (Ind.) High School and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis graduate, was honored by the International Society of Infant Studies for the 2006 Outstanding Undergraduate Submission.

Her research, “Infant Dialect Discrimination,” was completed at the Infant Language Lab at Riley Hospital for Children while she was working on her undergraduate degree in psychology. She will receive a $200 cash prize, a commemorative plaque and recognition by the society. In addition, she has been granted $800 in travel support to attend the International Conference on Infant Studies in Kyoto, Japan by the National Institute of Health.

The Infant Language Lab studies language development of hearing infants and toddlers to establish a yardstick for toddlers who have received cochlear implants. For more information, see

The International Society on Infant Studies is a not-for-profit professional organization devoted to the promotion and dissemination of research on the development of infants through its official journal and a biennial conference where researchers and practitioners gather and discuss the latest research and theory in infant development.

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