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ERIC Number: EJ1052227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Verbal Positional Memory in 7-Month-Olds
Benavides-Varela, Silvia; Mehler, Jacques
Child Development, v86 n1 p209-223 Jan-Feb 2015
Verbal memory is a fundamental prerequisite for language learning. This study investigated 7-month-olds' (N = 62) ability to remember the identity and order of elements in a multisyllabic word. The results indicate that infants detect changes in the order of edge syllables, or the identity of the middle syllables, but fail to encode the order of middle syllables. This suggests that the representational format of multisyllabic words is determined by core mnemonic biases, which favor accurate encoding of edges and limits the encoding of temporal order for internal segments. The studies support accounts proposing that content and order are encoded separately; in addition, the data show that this dissociation occurs early in development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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