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  1. Jennifer M. D. Yoon & Athena Vouloumanos (forthcoming). When and How Does Autism Begin? Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
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  2. Athena Vouloumanos & Suzanne Curtin (2014). Foundational Tuning: How Infants' Attention to Speech Predicts Language Development. Cognitive Science 38 (7).
    Orienting biases for speech may provide a foundation for language development. Although human infants show a bias for listening to speech from birth, the relation of a speech bias to later language development has not been established. Here, we examine whether infants' attention to speech directly predicts expressive vocabulary. Infants listened to speech or non-speech in a preferential listening procedure. Results show that infants' attention to speech at 12 months significantly predicted expressive vocabulary at 18 months, while indices of general (...)
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  3. Alia Martin, Kristine H. Onishi & Athena Vouloumanos (2012). Understanding the Abstract Role of Speech in Communication at 12months. Cognition 123 (1):50-60.
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  4. Katherine Yoshida, Mijke Rhemtulla & Athena Vouloumanos (2012). Exclusion Constraints Facilitate Statistical Word Learning. Cognitive Science 36 (5):933-947.
    The roles of linguistic, cognitive, and social-pragmatic processes in word learning are well established. If statistical mechanisms also contribute to word learning, they must interact with these processes; however, there exists little evidence for such mechanistic synergy. Adults use co-occurrence statistics to encode speech–object pairings with detailed sensitivity in stochastic learning environments (Vouloumanos, 2008). Here, we replicate this statistical work with nonspeech sounds and compare the results with the previous speech studies to examine whether exclusion constraints contribute equally to the (...)
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  5. Athena Vouloumanos (2008). Fine-Grained Sensitivity to Statistical Information in Adult Word Learning. Cognition 107 (2):729-742.
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  6. Keith J. Fernandes, Gary F. Marcus, Jennifer A. Di Nubila & Athena Vouloumanos (2006). From Semantics to Syntax and Back Again: Argument Structure in the Third Year of Life. Cognition 100 (2):B10-B20.
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