Exploring the relation between memory, gestural communication, and the emergence of language in infancy: a longitudinal study
Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Infant and Child Development
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 233–249, May/June 2006
How to Cite
Heimann, M., Strid, K., Smith, L., Tjus, T., Erik Ulvund, S. and Meltzoff, A. N. (2006), Exploring the relation between memory, gestural communication, and the emergence of language in infancy: a longitudinal study. Inf. Child Develop., 15: 233–249. doi: 10.1002/icd.462
- Issue online: 7 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 7 JUN 2006
- Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Grant Number: #F0462/97
- Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Grant Number: #HD22514
The relationship between recall memory, visual recognition memory, social communication, and the emergence of language skills was measured in a longitudinal study. Thirty typically developing Swedish children were tested at 6, 9 and 14 months. The result showed that, in combination, visual recognition memory at 6 months, deferred imitation at 9 months and turn-taking skills at 14 months could explain 41% of the variance in the infants' production of communicative gestures as measured by a Swedish variant of the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories (CDI). In this statistical model, deferred imitation stood out as the strongest predictor. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.