Listen up! Speech is for thinking during infancy.

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Vouloumanos, Athena; Waxman, Sandra R
Year of Publication: 2014
Journal: Trends Cogn Sci
Volume: 18
Issue: 12
Pagination: 642-6
Date Published: 2014 Dec
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1879-307X
Keywords: Animals, Child Development, Humans, Infant, Mental Processes, Speech, Speech Perception

Infants' exposure to human speech within the first year promotes more than speech processing and language acquisition: new developmental evidence suggests that listening to speech shapes infants' fundamental cognitive and social capacities. Speech streamlines infants' learning, promotes the formation of object categories, signals communicative partners, highlights information in social interactions, and offers insight into the minds of others. These results, which challenge the claim that for infants, speech offers no special cognitive advantages, suggest a new synthesis. Far earlier than researchers had imagined, an intimate and powerful connection between human speech and cognition guides infant development, advancing infants' acquisition of fundamental psychological processes.

DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.10.001
Alternate Journal: Trends Cogn. Sci. (Regul. Ed.)
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