Babies Sensitive to Rhyme Patterns
A study by Radboud University has shown that babies are sensitive to language patterns in the rhymes recited to them. Rhymes have a stimulating or calming effect on babies. The rhymes that babies hear from parents contain all kinds of poetic structures, such as rhyme, rhythm, and verse lines. A Head Turn Preference Paradigm method was used to investigate to what extent babies are aware of phrases. The children were seated on their parent's lap and heard a word sequence from songs coming from the left or the right. They kept their head turned for a longer time towards songs that contained a word sequence as a full phrase. When the songs played only contained the word sequence as individual words, the babies looked away more quickly. Creative use of rhymes for infants by caregivers can aid in the language development of the child.