Experience-dependent plasticity in early language: Insights from hearing infants with deaf mothers
If a deaf mother uses a signed language, such as British Sign Language (BSL), as her preferred mode of communication, the communicative experience of her hearing infant is likely to differ from that of hearing infants of hearing mothers. This presentation will discuss behavioural, eye-tracking and fNIRS data from hearing infants of deaf mothers, in comparison with monolingual and bilingual infants with hearing mothers. These data assess the influence of early experience on face and speech processing, as well as language learning and its neural substrate. Collectively, these studies aim to clarify experience-dependent plasticity in early neurocognitive development.
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