Developmental Brown Bag
December 11 @ 12:00 pm
Speaker: Ron Pomper
Title: How children’s ability to control their attention affects word learning
Abstract: When children first hear a new word, there is a wealth of information available to them in the environment. Some of this information is relevant, while much of it is irrelevant. In this talk, I will describe several experiments from my research that examine how children focus their attention on the information that is important for word learning. These experiments use eye tracking methodologies to track children’s visual attention as they process speech. The experiments span different aspects of word learning – from how words sound to what they mean – and include children who are typically developing and children with autism.