Nicole Altvater-Mackensen

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Infants' language exposure largely involves face-to-face interactions providing acoustic and visual speech cues but also social cues that might foster language learning. Yet, both audiovisual speech information and social information have so far received little attention in research on infants' early language development. Using a preferential looking(More)
Sensitive responding to others' emotions is essential during social interactions among humans. There is evidence for the existence of subcortically mediated emotion discrimination processes that occur independent of conscious perception in adults. However, only recently work has begun to examine the development of automatic emotion processing systems during(More)
Recent studies suggest that infants' audiovisual speech perception is influenced by articulatory experience (Mugitani et al., 2008; Yeung & Werker, 2013). The current study extends these findings by testing if infants' emerging ability to produce native sounds in babbling impacts their audiovisual speech perception. We tested 44 6-month-olds on their(More)
The current study examines whether bilingual word recognition in spoken sentences is influenced by cross-lingual phonological similarity. ERPs were measured while GermanEnglish bilinguals listened to German sentences. Target words in the sentences were either German-English homophones (e.g., eagle – Igel ‘hedgehog’), German words that were phonologically(More)
Asymmetries in Early Word Recognition: The Case of Stops and Fricatives Nicole Altvater-Mackensen a , Suzanne V.H. van der Feest b & Paula Fikkert c a Research Group Early Social Development, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences b Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders , The University of Texas at Austin c Centre for(More)
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In the first year of life, infants' speech perception attunes to their native language. While the behavioral changes associated with native language attunement are fairly well mapped, the underlying mechanisms and neural processes are still only poorly understood. Using fNIRS and eye tracking, the current study investigated 6-month-old infants' processing(More)
underspecified representations are not restricted to the segmental level of speech, but also extend to suprasegmental representations as for instance tone in tonal languages. We will use tonal accents in Swedish as a test case: Swedish has two tonal accents called Accent 1 and Accent 2, and we hypothesize that only Accent 1 is specified in the mental(More)