language

The Dance of Dialogue 

How should experimental psychologists study language? In courses, textbooks, and journals, it is treated alongside other topics such as attention, perception, memory, and reasoning, and it tends to be assumed that researchers...

The bedtime story has long been a carrot that tired and stressed young parents look forward to throughout their day. Like so little else in their lives, it lives up to the picture – an oasis of familial bliss that makes raising a family in today’s chaotic world worth it. What...

When I tell people that I study vocal communication in chimpanzees and that I work in a psychology department I am often greeted with surprised faces. I go on to explain thatI am interested in language and trying to trace the evolutionary history of this remarkable human...

Is it true that you wouldn’t be where you are without ’enry ’iggins in My Fair Lady?

Seeing My Fair Lady when I was a 13-year-old in junior high school, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, was a hugely influential experience. It isn’t the only reason...

We are constantly hearing that men and women use language differently. Women are the more verbal sex: they do more of the talking and are generally better with words. Typically they use language in a collaborative and supportive way: they are good at listening and creating...

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.


In the above quotation Victor Hugo captures a widely acknowledged attribute of music – the sense that it helps us to communicate. It has been described, for...