Infant-directed speech drives social preferences in 5-month-old infants.

@article{Schachner2011InfantdirectedSD,
  title={Infant-directed speech drives social preferences in 5-month-old infants.},
  author={Adena Schachner and Erin E. Hannon},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={47 1},
  pages={19-25}
}
Adults across cultures speak to infants in a specific infant-directed manner. We asked whether infants use this manner of speech (infant- or adult-directed) to guide their subsequent visual preferences for social partners. We found that 5-month-old infants encode an individuals' use of infant-directed speech and adult-directed speech, and use this information to guide their subsequent visual preferences for individuals even after the speech behavior has ended. Use of infant-directed speech may… CONTINUE READING