The GUSTO Research team includes Dennis Bier, Arijit Biswas, Cai Shirong, Helen Chan, Jerry Chan, Yiong Huak Chan, Cornelia Chee, Audrey Chia, Chiang Wen Chin, Amutha Chinnadurai, Chng Chai Kiat, Mary Chong, Chong Shang Chee, Chua Mei Chien, Wayne Cutfield, Mary Daniel, Ding Chun Ming, Keith Godfrey, Anne Ferguson-Smith, Eric Andrew Finkelstein, Marielle Fortier, Doris Fok, Anne Goh, Daniel Goh, Joshua J Gooley, Han Wee Meng, Mark Hanson, Mikael Hartman, Michael Heymann, Stephen Hsu Chin-Ying, Hazel Inskip, Jeevesh Kapur, Lee Bee Wah, Lee Yung Seng, B. F. P. Leutscher-Broekman, Lim Sok Bee, Loh Seong Feei, Low Yen Ling, Iliana Magiati, Susan Morton, Krishnamoorthy N., Cheryl Ngo, Pang Wei Wei, Prathiba Agarwal, Qiu Anqi, Quah Boon Long, Victor S. Rajadurai, Jen Richmond, Anne Rifkin-Graboi, Allan Sheppard, Lynette Pei-Chi Shek, Borys Shuter, Leher Singh, So Wing Chee, Soh Shu E., Su Lin Lin, Tan Kok Hian, Teoh Oon Hoe, Terry Yoke Yin Tong, Mya Thway Tint, Hugo Van Bever, Rob van Dam, Sudhakar Venkatesh, Helena Marieke Verkooijen, Inez By Wong, P. C. Wong, Fabian Yap, and George S. H. Yeo.
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Back to Basics: A Bilingual Advantage in Infant Visual Habituation
Version of Record online: 30 JUL 2014
© 2014 The Authors. Child Development © 2014 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 86, Issue 1, pages 294–302, January/February 2015
How to Cite
Singh, L., Fu, C. S. L., Rahman, A. A., Hameed, W. B., Sanmugam, S., Agarwal, P., Jiang, B., Chong, Y. S., Meaney, M. J., Rifkin-Graboi, A. and the GUSTO Research Team (2015), Back to Basics: A Bilingual Advantage in Infant Visual Habituation. Child Development, 86: 294–302. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12271
This research was conducted under the auspices of a Translational Clinical Research Flagship program grant from the Singapore National Medical Research Council, which supports the GUSTO Cohort. SICS Investigators are supported in part through Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) funding. We would like to thank the participants and their families for their involvement in this research.
- Issue online: 14 FEB 2015
- Version of Record online: 30 JUL 2014
- Singapore National Medical Research Council
- Agency for Science Technology and Research
Comparisons of cognitive processing in monolinguals and bilinguals have revealed a bilingual advantage in inhibitory control. Recent studies have demonstrated advantages associated with exposure to two languages in infancy. However, the domain specificity and scope of the infant bilingual advantage in infancy remains unclear. In the present study, 114 monolingual and bilingual infants were compared in a very basic task of information processing—visual habituation—at 6 months of age. Bilingual infants demonstrated greater efficiency in stimulus encoding as well as in improved recognition memory for familiar stimuli as compared to monolinguals. Findings reveal a generalized cognitive advantage in bilingual infants that is broad in scope, early to emerge, and not specific to language.