"The wondrous openness of the mind of a child"
"Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world." Not only is her talk most interesting, but it is also humorous :
Co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Patricia Kuhl works on early language and brain development : her worldwide recognised studies show how young children learn. Kuhl’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.