The effect of shyness on children's formation and retention of novel word–object mappings

Hilton, Matt and Westermann, Gert (2017) The effect of shyness on children's formation and retention of novel word–object mappings. Journal of Child Language, 44 (6). pp. 1394-1412. ISSN 0305-0009

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Abstract

This study set out to examine whether shyness, an aversion to novelty and unfamiliar social situations, can affect the processes that underlie early word learning. Twenty-four-month-old children (n =32) were presented with sets of one novel and two familiar objects, and it was found that shyer children were less likely to select a novel object as the referent of a novel label. Furthermore, not-shy children then showed evidence of retaining these novel mappings, but shy children did not. These findings suggest that shy children's aversion to novelty and to the unfamiliar context can impact on their word learning.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Child Language
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83547
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Deposited On:
09 Dec 2016 14:12
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Yes
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Published
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07 Apr 2020 04:18