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Developmental Neurocognition : Speech and Face Processing in the First Year of Life - Benedicte De Boysson-Bardies

Developmental Neurocognition

Speech and Face Processing in the First Year of Life

By: Benedicte De Boysson-Bardies (Editor), Scania De Schonen (Editor), Peter W. Jusczyk (Editor), John Morton (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1993
ISBN: 9780792321880
Number Of Pages: 498

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This volume contains the proceedings of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) on the topic of "Changes in Speech and Face Processing in Infancy: A glimpse at Developmental Mechanisms of Cognition", which was held in Carry-Ie-Rouet (France) at the Vacanciel "La Calanque", from June 29 to July 3, 1992. For many years, developmental researchers have been systematically exploring what is concealed by the blooming and buzzing confusion (as William James described the infant's world). Much research has been carried out on the mechanisms by which organisms recognize and relate to their conspecifics, in particular with respect to language acquisition and face recognition. Given this background, it seems worthwhile to compare not only the conceptual advances made in these two domains, but also the methodological difficulties faced in each of them. In both domains, there is evidence of sophisticated abilities right from birth. Similarly, researchers in these domains have focused on whether the mechanisms underlying these early competences are modality-specific, object- specific or otherwise.

List of participants and contributors
Group photograph
The roles of experience in different developmental information stage processesp. 3
The relevance of primate corticogenesis for understanding the emergence of cognitive abilities in manp. 17
Synaptogenesis in the prefrontal cortex of the Macaquep. 31
Maturation of synapses and gaba-immunoreactive neurons in the perinatal human visual cortexp. 41
Dendritic structure and language developmentp. 51
Development of brain substrates for pattern recognition in primates: physiological and connectional studies of inferior temporal cortex in infant monkeysp. 63
Functional mapping of the human brainp. 77
Mechanisms in infant face processingp. 93
Specific vs non-specific face recognition devicep. 103
Neonatal synesthesia: Implications for the processing of speech and facesp. 109
Visual perceptual abilities at birth: Implications for face perceptionp. 125
Cortical parcellation and the development of face processingp. 135
Hemispheric differences in face processing and brain maturationp. 149
The origins of differential hemispheric strategies for information processing in the relationships between voice and face perceptionp. 165
Infant sensitivity to perturbations in adult facial, vocal, tactile and contingent stimulation during face-to-face interactionsp. 171
The recognition of facial expressions in infancy: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidencep. 187
Frontal function in cognitive and emotional behaviors during infancy: effects of maturation and experiencep. 199
Why faces are special to infants - On connecting the attraction of faces and infants' ability for imitation and cross-modal processingp. 211
Sometimes it pays to look back before you leap aheadp. 227
Speech stimuli in the fetal environmentp. 237
Infants' perception of speech units: primary representation capacitiesp. 249
Innate predispositions and the effects of experience in speech perception: the native language magnet theoryp. 259
The ontogeny and developmental significance of language-specific phonetic perceptionp. 275
Emergence of language-specific constraints in perception of non-native speech: a window on early phonological developmentp. 289
Segmentation of fluent speech into words: learning models and the role of maternal inputp. 305
The role of the face in vocal learning and the development of spoken languagep. 317
Sonority theory and syllable pattern as keys to sensory-motor-cognitive interactions in infant vocal developmentp. 329
Motor explanations of babbling and early speech patternsp. 341
Ontogeny of language-specific syllabic productionsp. 353
On the ontogenetic requirements for early language acquisitionp. 365
The acquisition of prosody: evidence from French-and English-learning infantsp. 385
Phonetic systems and phonological developmentp. 399
The construction of a phonological systemp. 411
Connectionist modeling and the microstructure of phonological development: A progress reportp. 421
Developmental changes in the acquisition of phonologyp. 435
Development of language relevant processing systems: the emergence of a cognitive modulep. 451
Some theoretical implications of cross-modal research in speech perceptionp. 461
Author Indexp. 467
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ISBN: 9780792321880
ISBN-10: 079232188X
Series: Nato Science Series D:
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 28th February 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.99