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ERIC Number: EJ1180853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Developmental Differences between Children and Adults in the Use of Visual Cues for Segmentation
Lavi-Rotbain, Ori; Arnon, Inbal
Cognitive Science, v42 suppl 2 p606-620 May 2018
Recent work asked if visual cues facilitate word segmentation in adults and infants (Thiessen, 2010). While adults showed better word segmentation when presented with a regular visual cue (consistent mapping between words and objects), infants did not. This difference was attributed to infants' lack of understanding that objects have labels. Alternatively, infants' performance could reflect their difficulty with tracking and integrating multiple multimodal cues. We contrasted these two accounts by looking at the effect of visual cues on word segmentation in adults and across childhood (6-12 years). We found that older children (M[subscript age] 10;7) benefitted from the regular visual cues, but younger children (M[subscript age] 7;10), who already knew that objects have labels, did not. Knowing that objects have labels was not enough to use visual cues as an aid for segmentation. These findings show that the ability to integrate multimodal cues develops during childhood, and it is not yet adult-like in children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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