Joint attention helps infants learn new words: event-related potential evidence

  title={Joint attention helps infants learn new words: event-related potential evidence},
  author={Masako Hirotani and Manuela Stets and Tricia Striano and Angela D. Friederici},
This study investigated the role of joint attention in infants' word learning. Infants aged 18–21 months were taught new words in two social contexts, joint attention (eye contact, positive tone of voice) or non-joint attention (no eye contact, neutral tone of voice). Event-related potentials were measured as the infants saw objects either congruent or incongruent with the taught words. For both social contexts, an early negativity was observed for the congruent condition, reflecting a… Expand

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