Language acquisition in premature and full-term infants.

  title={Language acquisition in premature and full-term infants.},
  author={Marcela Pe{\~n}a and Enrica Pittaluga and Jacques Mehler},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={107 8},
We tested healthy preterm (born near 28 +/- 2 weeks of gestational age) and full-term infants at various different ages. We compared the two populations on the development of a language acquisition landmark, namely, the ability to distinguish the native language from a rhythmically similar one. This ability is attained 4 months after birth in healthy full-term infants. We measured the induced gamma-band power associated with passive listening to (i) the infants' native language (Spanish), (ii… CONTINUE READING