Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for practitioners, researchers, and students in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am aware of immersion method as well as mnemonics such as the one Daniel Tammet's Born on a Blue Day. I read that Kim Peek's lack of corpus callosum enabled his brain to absorb information faster with whole brain but that hindered other daily activities.

But my motivation was the folklore legends of William James Sidis who is supposed to acquire a language in one day.

My question thus is two-fold:

  1. Are there any medical conditions which acquires one to learn a language faster? For instance, John Travolta's character learning Portuguese in a half-an hour car drive.
  2. What are some current theories in cognitive science that allow one to acquire a language faster? For instance, in the book Babel No More, at the end author mentions a trick of using whole body to learn the language as well as the accent.

So, how would an artificial intelligence programmer view language learning? What sort of model would he attempt to create?

share|improve this question
The one program I'm aware of is duolingo, which is a free language learning tool. – Alex Stone Dec 10 '12 at 5:57
I checked it out. Pretty much cut-and-dried classroom setup. Also my question was not a software request rather theory from field of cognitive science dealing with accelerated learning. I have edited my question further. – Sniper Clown Dec 11 '12 at 22:40
Regarding AI Programmer and language learning, this lecture helped me: . It discusses how the brain might create models of how words relate to each other through trees and priors. – Alex Stone Dec 12 '12 at 2:48

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.