Navigation Links
Talk to your babies
Date:3/25/2010

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University researchers have found that even before infants begin to speak, words play an important role in their cognition. For 3-month-old infants, words influence performance in a cognitive task in a way that goes beyond the influence of other kinds of sounds, including musical tones.

The research by Alissa Ferry, Susan Hespos and Sandra Waxman in the psychology department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, will appear in the March/April edition of the journal Child Development. In the study, infants who heard words provided evidence of categorization, while infants who heard tone sequences did not.

Three-month-old infants were shown a series of pictures of fish that were paired with words or beeps. Infants in the word group were told, for example, "Look at the toma!" -- a made-up word for fish, as they viewed each picture. Other infants heard a series of beeps carefully matched to the labeling phrases for tone and duration. Then infants were shown a picture of a new fish and a dinosaur side-by-side as the researchers measured how long they looked at each picture. If the infants formed the category, they would look longer at one picture than the other.

The results, say the authors, were striking. The researchers found that although infants who heard in the word and tone groups saw exactly the same pictures for exactly the same amount of time, those who heard words formed the category fish; those who heard tones did not.

"For infants as young as three months of age, words exert a special influence that supports the ability to form a category," said Hespos, associate professor of psychology and one of the authors of the study. These findings offer the earliest evidence to date for a link between words and object categories."

Participants included 46 healthy, full-term infants, from 2 to 4 months of age. Half of the infants within each age bracket were randomly assigned to the word group. All infants in the language group were from families where English was the predominant language spoken in the home. The remaining infants were in the tone group.

"We suspect that human speech, and perhaps especially infant-directed speech, engenders in young infants a kind of attention to the surrounding objects that promotes categorization," said Waxman, a co-author and professor of psychology. "We proposed that over time, this general attentional effect would become more refined, as infants begin to cull individual words from fluent speech, to distinguish among individual words and kinds of words, and to map those words to meaning."


'/>"/>

Contact: Hilary Hurd Anyaso
h-anyaso@northwestern.edu
847-491-4887
Northwestern University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Breakthrough for babies born with severe cleft palates after experiments at ISIS
2. Mission Pharmacal and March of Dimes Share Commitment to Healthy Babies
3. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; Tennessee is 38th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
4. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; New Jersey is 35th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
5. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; California 35th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
6. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; North Carolina is 37th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
7. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; New Mexico is 49th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
8. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; Oklahoma is 39th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
9. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; Nebraska is 40th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
10. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; Mississippi is 45th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
11. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; Delaware is 42nd Among All States in Maternal Mortality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... two panels at the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. ... the Administrative Record, The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, ... their training and leads programs. , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their ... Performance Partners is designed to teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest ... retired minister and college Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna ... have blessed them with six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... A recent report ... entry into teacher preparation programs. The NCTQ report suggests, based on a review of ... would significantly improve teacher quality in the U.S. It argues that this higher bar ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Oklahoma City, on April ... will be an educational and exciting program providing busy clinicians and allied healthcare ... pain. , Oklahoma is in a healthcare crisis. The state ranks 46th in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... -- Mosaic Life Care, based in St. Joseph, Missouri , has ... of 58 clinics, located in 22 cities, and its flagship St. Joseph Medical Center. ... the delivery of health care to its patients, including the insurance, billing and collections ... ... Mosaic Life Care St. Joseph Medical Center ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Executive Summary ... primary research (inputs from industry experts, companies, stakeholders) ... the analysis of global heart valve devices market ... Replacement Procedure By Technique (Mechanical, Bioprosthetic, Transcatheter Aortic ... Balloon Valvuloplasty, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)), By ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017 ... Healthcare disease pipeline guide Primary Hyperoxaluria - Pipeline ... Primary Hyperoxaluria (Genito Urinary System And Sex Hormones) ... condition characterized by recurrent kidney and bladder stones. ... called oxalate. Symptoms include blood in the urine, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: