Vocabulary and automatic attention: The relation between novel words and gaze dynamics in noun generalization

Bakopoulou, Milena, Lorenz, Megan G., Forbes, Samuel H., Tremlin, Rachel, Bates, Jessica and Samuelson, Larissa K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9141-3286 (2023) Vocabulary and automatic attention: The relation between novel words and gaze dynamics in noun generalization. Developmental Science, 26 (6). ISSN 1363-755X

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Words direct visual attention in infants, children, and adults, presumably by activating representations of referents that then direct attention to matching stimuli in the visual scene. Novel, unknown, words have also been shown to direct attention, likely via the activation of more general representations of naming events. To examine the critical issue of how novel words and visual attention interact to support word learning we coded frame-by-frame the gaze of 17- to 31-month-old children (n = 66, 38 females) while generalizing novel nouns. We replicate prior findings of more attention to shape when generalizing novel nouns, and a relation to vocabulary development. However, we also find that following a naming event, children who produce fewer nouns take longer to look at the objects they eventually select and make more transitions between objects before making a generalization decision. Children who produce more nouns look to the objects they eventually select more quickly following the naming event and make fewer looking transitions. We discuss these findings in the context of prior proposals regarding children’s few-shot category learning, and a developmental cascade of multiple perceptual, cognitive, and word-learning processes that may operate in cases of both typical development and language delay.

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Additional Information: Research Funding: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Grant Number: R01HD045713. Data availability: Upon publication, the data, coding manual, and full analysis scripts will be made publicly available on OSF( https://osf.io/45m2p/?view_only=b5d75008430d4f9eadd3b5f04d55bb42) and GitHub: https://github.com/developmentaldynamicslab/Bakopoulou_etal_LWL_NNG
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual attention,language delay,vocabulary,looking-while-listening,noun generalization,,few-shot category learning,noun generalization,experimental and cognitive psychology,developmental and educational psychology,cognitive neuroscience,3* ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3205
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
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Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2023 13:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 00:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91653
DOI: 10.1111/desc.13399

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