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Neighborhood linguistic diversity predicts infants' social learning.
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PMID:  25156630     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Infants' direct interactions with caregivers have been shown to powerfully influence social and cognitive development. In contrast, little is known about the cognitive influence of social contexts beyond the infant's immediate interactions with others, for example, the communities in which infants live. The current study addressed this issue by asking whether neighborhood linguistic diversity predicts infants' propensity to learn from diverse social partners. Data were taken from a series of experiments in which 19-month-old infants from monolingual, English-speaking homes were tested in paradigms that assessed their tendency to imitate the actions of an adult who spoke either English or Spanish. Infants who lived in more linguistically diverse neighborhoods imitated more of the Spanish speaker's actions. This relation was observed in two separate datasets and found to be independent from variation in infants' general imitative abilities, age, median family income and population density. These results provide novel evidence suggesting that infants' social learning is predicted by the diversity of the communities in which they live.
Lauren H Howard; Cristina Carrazza; Amanda L Woodward
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognition     Volume:  133     ISSN:  1873-7838     ISO Abbreviation:  Cognition     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
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Created Date:  2014-8-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0367541     Medline TA:  Cognition     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  474-479     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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