Environmental learning of social cues: evidence from enhanced gaze cueing in deaf children
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Colleges, School and Institutes
- Centre de Recherche en Neuroscience Lyon (CRNL).
- Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC, University of Trento
- Ente Nazionale Sordi
The susceptibility to gaze cueing in deaf children aged 7-14 years old (N = 16) was tested using a nonlinguistic task. Participants performed a peripheral shape-discrimination task, whereas uninformative central gaze cues validly or invalidly cued the location of the target. To assess the role of sign language experience and bilingualism in deaf participants, three groups of age-matched hearing children were recruited: bimodal bilinguals (vocal and sign-language, N = 19), unimodal bilinguals (two vocal languages, N = 17), and monolinguals (N = 14). Although all groups showed a gaze-cueing effect and were faster to respond to validly than invalidly cued targets, this effect was twice as large in deaf participants. This result shows that atypical sensory experience can tune the saliency of a fundamental social cue.
|Number of pages||10|
|Early online date||12 Jul 2019|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2019|