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The effect of shyness on children's formation and retention of novel word–object mappings

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The effect of shyness on children's formation and retention of novel word–object mappings. / Hilton, Matt; Westermann, Gert.

In: Journal of Child Language, Vol. 44, No. 6, 11.2017, p. 1394-1412.

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title = "The effect of shyness on children's formation and retention of novel word–object mappings",
abstract = "This study set out to examine whether shyness, an aversion to novelty and unfamiliar social situations, can affect the processes that underlie early word learning. Twenty-four-month-old children (n =32) were presented with sets of one novel and two familiar objects, and it was found that shyer children were less likely to select a novel object as the referent of a novel label. Furthermore, not-shy children then showed evidence of retaining these novel mappings, but shy children did not. These findings suggest that shy children's aversion to novelty and to the unfamiliar context can impact on their word learning.",
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