Visual Sequence Learning in Infancy: Domain-General and Domain-Specific Associations With Language

Carissa L. Shafto, Christopher M. Conway, Suzanne L. Field, Derek M. Houston

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Research suggests that nonlinguistic sequence learning abilities are an important contributor to language development (Conway, Bauernschmidt, Huang, & Pisoni, 2010). The current study investigated visual sequence learning (VSL) as a possible predictor of vocabulary development in infants. Fifty-eight 8.5-month-old infants were presented with a three-location spatiotemporal sequence of multicolored geometric shapes. Early language skills were assessed using the MacArthur-Bates CDI. Analyses of children's reaction times to the stimuli suggest that the extent to which infants demonstrated learning was significantly correlated with their vocabulary comprehension at the time of test and with their gestural comprehension abilities 5months later. These findings suggest that VSL may have both domain-general and domain-specific associations with language learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-271
Number of pages25
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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