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Infant-directed speech drives social preferences in 5-month-old infants.
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PMID:  20873920     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Adults across cultures speak to infants in a specific infant-directed manner. We asked whether infants use this manner of speech (infant- or adult-directed) to guide their subsequent visual preferences for social partners. We found that 5-month-old infants encode an individuals' use of infant-directed speech and adult-directed speech, and use this information to guide their subsequent visual preferences for individuals even after the speech behavior has ended. Use of infant-directed speech may act as an effective cue for infants to select appropriate social partners, allowing infants to focus their attention on individuals who will provide optimal care and opportunity for learning. This selectivity may play a crucial role in establishing the foundations of social cognition.
Adena Schachner; Erin E Hannon
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1939-0599     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
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