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Type: Journal article
Title: Effects of emotional cues on novel word learning in typically developing children in relation to broader autism traits
Author: West, M.J.
Angwin, A.J.
Copland, D.A.
Arnott, W.L.
Nelson, N.L.
Citation: Journal of Child Language, 2022; 49(3):503-521
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Issue Date: 2022
ISSN: 0305-0009
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Melina J West, Anthony J Angwin, David A Copland, Wendy L Arnott, and Nicole L Nelson
Abstract: Emotion can influence various cognitive processes. Communication with children often involves exaggerated emotional expressions and emotive language. Children with autism spectrum disorder often show a reduced tendency to attend to emotional information. Typically developing children aged 7 to 9 years who varied in their level of autism-like traits learned the nonsense word names of nine novel toys, which were presented with either happy, fearful, or neutral emotional cues. Emotional cues had no influence on word recognition or recall performance. Eye-tracking data showed differences in visual attention depending on the type of emotional cues and level of autism-like traits. The findings suggest that the influence of emotion on attention during word learning differs according to whether the children have lower or higher levels of autism-like traits, but this influence does not affect word learning outcomes.
Keywords: emotion; word learning; language; broader autism phenotype
Rights: © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press
DOI: 10.1017/S0305000921000192
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