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Listen up! Speech is for thinking during infancy.
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PMID:  25457376     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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.
Athena Vouloumanos; Sandra R Waxman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  REVIEW     Date:  2014-11-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in cognitive sciences     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1879-307X     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Cogn. Sci. (Regul. Ed.)     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-3    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708669     Medline TA:  Trends Cogn Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  642-646     Citation Subset:  -    
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