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ERIC Number: EJ1115287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Attentional Learning Helps Language Acquisition Take Shape for Atypically Developing Children, Not Just Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Field, Charlotte; Allen, Melissa L.; Lewis, Charlie
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n10 p3195-3206 Oct 2016
The shape bias--generalising labels to same shaped objects--has been linked to attentional learning or referential intent. We explore these origins in children with typical development (TD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders (DD). In two conditions, a novel object was presented and either named or described. Children selected another from a shape, colour or texture match. TD children choose the shape match in both conditions, children with DD and "high-verbal mental age" (VMA) children with ASD (language age > 4.6) did so in the name condition and "low-VMA" children with ASD never showed the heuristic. Thus, the shape bias arises from attentional learning in atypically developing children and is delayed in ASD.
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Language: English
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