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Preschoolers use nonverbal cues to identify reliable informants in word learning
(Vanderbilt University, 2011-04-06)
The present study investigates 4-year-old children’s ability to use speakers’ pragmatic competence as an indicator of whom to learn from. In this study, pragmatic competence is measured as the speaker’s ability to adhere ...
The effect of weight distribution and previous experience on tool use training in infancy
(Vanderbilt University, 2011-04)
Many different factors play a role in the development of an infant’s ability to use tools. A previous version of the current study examined active versus observational learning on an infant’s ability to be trained to use ...
Acoustic Properties of Laughter in Individuals with Williams Syndrome
(Vanderbilt University, 2010-04-28)
A mind of its own: How a puppet’s reliability affects children’s beliefs about the puppeteer’s knowledge
(Vanderbilt University, 2011-04-12)
This study assessed whether 4-year-old children think a puppet has a mind separate from that of the puppeteer. 64 children, 48-60 months, watched a puppet (operated by a visible person) and another person label 3 familiar ...
Infants' Anticipations and Grasps of Familiar and Unfamiliar Tools
(Vanderbilt University, 2016-04-15)
Infants must learn how to use many tools in order to engage in a variety of daily tasks. An unpublished pilot study in our lab suggests that 6.5 to 8.5-month-old infants fixated more on the handle of a familiar tool than ...
A Closer Look at Enhanced Ebooks: Compatible Versus Distracting Games
(Vanderbilt University, 2014-04-11)
The current literature on eBooks contains conflicting results for enhanced eBooks containing games and hot spots as effective reading tools for children. This study investigated different types of interactivity within ...
Stereotype Threat, Math Anxiety, and the Development of Gendered Stereotypes
(Vanderbilt University, 2018-04)
Both math anxiety and stereotype threat processes have been suggested as causes of gender-related discrepancies in math performance, and the two processes may use similar mechanisms (Ramirez, Gunderson, Levine, & Beilock, ...
Acoustic properties of speech under stress in preschool children who do and do not stutter
(Vanderbilt University, 2014)
Previous research has shown that stuttering, a potentially life-altering developmental disorder with typical onset during the preschool years, is linked in severity to temperamental and situational emotionality. Thirty-three ...
Do context cues help preschoolers learn words by differentiating between reliable and unreliable informants?
(Vanderbilt University, 2011-04-29)
The present study investigates if 4-year-old children use people’s pragmatic competence as a standard for learning from them. In this study we define a person’s pragmatic competence by their ability to adhere to the Gricean ...
Prehension Enrichment Experience Facilitates Motor and Perceptual-Cognitive Development in Early Infancy
(Vanderbilt University, 2013-04-09)
Infants received a prehension enrichment experience (active training), which allowed pre-reaching infants to gain experience with prehension before they would normally begin such behaviors. During the prehension enrichment ...