Nat Commun 2015 Dec 1;6:10073. Epub 2015 Dec 1.
Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music, Rabinovitch House, McGill University, 3640 Rue de la Montagne, Montreal, Québec, Canada H3G 2A8.
Early experiences may establish a foundation for later learning, however, influences of early language experience on later neural processing are unknown. We investigated whether maintenance of neural templates from early language experience influences subsequent language processing. Using fMRI, we scanned the following three groups performing a French phonological working memory (PWM) task: (1) monolingual French children; (2) children adopted from China before age 3 who discontinued Chinese and spoke only French; (3) Chinese-speaking children who learned French as a second language but maintained Chinese. Read More