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Morin-Lessard, Elizabeth; Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Segalowitz, Norman; Byers-Heinlein, Krista – Developmental Psychology, 2019
A talking face provides redundant cues on the mouth that might support language learning and highly salient social cues in the eyes. What drives children's looking toward the mouth versus eyes of a talking face? This study reports data from 292 children who viewed faces speaking English, French, and Russian. We investigated the impact of…
Descriptors: Infants, Young Children, Age Differences, Monolingualism
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Friend, Margaret; Smolak, Erin; Liu, Yushuang; Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Zesiger, Pascal – Developmental Psychology, 2018
Recent studies demonstrate that emerging literacy depends on earlier language achievement. Importantly, most extant work focuses on "parent-reported production" prior to 30 months of age. Of interest is whether and how "directly assessed vocabulary comprehension" in the 2nd year of life supports vocabulary and kindergarten…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Vocabulary Skills, Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten
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Chiarella, Sabrina S.; Kristen, Susanne; Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Sodian, Beate – Journal of Cognition and Development, 2013
Recent studies suggest that there appears to be a similar developmental sequence in the understanding of mental states in both internal-state language and in standard theory-of-mind tasks. These findings suggest possible developmental relations between children's ability to talk and think about the mind. Two experiments investigated the concurrent…
Descriptors: Correlation, Perspective Taking, Vocabulary Development, Cognitive Processes
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Wright, Kristyn; Poulin-Dubois, Diane – Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2012
The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a 23-item questionnaire used in primary screening of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The current studies examine the concurrent validity of the M-CHAT in its ability to predict 18-month-olds' performance on theory of mind and word learning tasks. In Experiment 1, infants' understanding of…
Descriptors: Theory of Mind, Check Lists, Autism, Screening Tests
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Kristen, Susanne; Sodian, Beate; Licata, Maria; Thoermer, Claudia; Poulin-Dubois, Diane – Infant and Child Development, 2012
Children's talk about the mind has been scarcely studied in non-English speakers. For this reason, this longitudinal study documents age-related changes in German-speaking children's internal state language. At 24, 30 and 36?months, children were administered general language tests and their internal state vocabulary levels were obtained via…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Infants, Toddlers
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Oshima-Takane, Yuriko; Ariyama, Junko; Kobayashi, Tessei; Katerelos, Marina; Poulin-Dubois, Diane – Journal of Child Language, 2011
The present study investigated whether children's representations of morphosyntactic information are abstract enough to guide early verb learning. Using an infant-controlled habituation paradigm with a switch design, Japanese-speaking children aged 1 ; 8 were habituated to two different events in which an object was engaging in an action. Each…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Sentences, Speech Communication, Verbs
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Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Blaye, Agnes; Coutya, Julie; Bialystok, Ellen – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2011
Bilingual children have been shown to outperform monolingual children on tasks measuring executive functioning skills. This advantage is usually attributed to bilinguals' extensive practice in exercising selective attention and cognitive flexibility during language use because both languages are active when one of them is being used. We examined…
Descriptors: Attention, Monolingualism, Bilingualism, Toddlers
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Chow, Virginia; Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Lewis, Jessica – Developmental Science, 2008
In two experiments, we examined whether 14-month-olds understand the subjective nature of gaze. In the first experiment, infants first observed an experimenter express happiness as she looked inside a container that either contained a toy (reliable looker condition) or was empty (unreliable looker condition). Then, infants had to follow the same…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Infants, Eye Movements, Visual Stimuli
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Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Serbin, Lisa A.; Eichstedt, Julie A.; Sen, Maya G.; Beissel, Clara F. – Social Development, 2002
Two experiments examined toddlers' knowledge of the stereotyping of traditionally feminine and masculine household activities. Results suggest that knowledge about stereotyping adult activities starts to develop by the age of 24 months and common household activities are among the first gender-typed activities included in children's developing…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages, Family Environment, Femininity
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Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Forbes, James N. – Developmental Psychology, 2002
Two experiments examined toddlers' ability to use cues to infer meaning of novel action words. Toddlers were taught labels for similar or dissimilar pairs of videotaped actions, with behavioral cues or eye gaze related to agents' intentions distinguishing similar events. Results showed that in year 2, children begin to consider…
Descriptors: Attention, Body Language, Comparative Analysis, Cues
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Forbes, James N.; Poulin-Dubois, Diane – Journal of Child Language, 1997
Examined children's generalization of familiar verbs to novel events. Findings reveal children aged 1;8 with the largest expressive vocabulary generalized the same verbs to actions with different agents, but not to actions different in outcome or manner of action and children aged 2;2 extended familiar action verbs to other actions different in…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Auditory Stimuli, Child Language, Developmental Stages
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Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Serbin, Lisa A.; Derbyshire, Alison – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 1998
Examined 18-month olds' intermodal and verbal knowledge about gender. Presented photos of adults or children paired with a female or male voice, or with gender labels. With adult pictures, subjects spent more time looking at pictures with matching voices than at those with mismatched voices. With children's pictures, subjects failed to match faces…
Descriptors: Auditory Perception, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Familiarity