This is a Voice Exhibition at The Museum of Applied Arts and Sceince: Dr Marina Kalashnikova presents Babytalk


A new collaborative exhibition between Western Sydney University and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has opened.

The exhibition features three MARCS Institute researchers, Associate Professor Caroline Jones, Dr Farzaneh Ahmadi and Dr Marina Kalashnikova.

In this video, Dr Kalashnikova discusses her research on BabyTalk or Infant Directed Speech.

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