General practitioners regularly see patients with persistent physical symptoms (PPS) that have no clear explanation. But researcher Inge Stortenbeker found that a physician’s use of language and choice of words can influence how anxious patients get.
According to literary scholar Jeroen Dera, students can also dramatically improve their language skills, as well as their critical thinking, by reading more. 'Reading skills are one of the greatest predictors of social success.'
Interruptions in a patient’s consultation with a GP are often considered as pushy actions of (male) doctors that hinder patients. Linguist Ilona Plug discovered that interruptions can actually benefit the course of the consultation.
All over the world, parents sing songs and recite rhymes to their young children. Researchers have known for some time that this has a stimulating or calming effect on babies, but it turns out that babies are also sensitive to the language patterns.
In languages spoken around the world, words describing rough surfaces are highly likely to feature a ‘trilled /r/’ sound – a linguistic pattern that stretches back over 6,000 years, a new study reveals.