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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01945

Brain Measures of Toddlers’ Shape Recognition Predict Language and Cognitive Skills at 6-7 Years

  • 1Lund University, Sweden
  • 2University of Oslo, Norway

While a number of studies have found that an improvement in object shape recognition is associated with language growth in infants and toddlers, no published studies have investigated the longitudinal relation between early shape recognition and language abilities in later childhood. An electrophysiological measure of semantic processing (the N400) was used to assess shape recognition and general object recognition in a naming context in 20-month-olds. The measures of shape recognition strongly predicted language and cognitive abilities at 6-7 years even after controlling for toddler vocabulary size. The electrophysiological measures of general object recognition were not related to future language or cognitive abilities. These results suggest that early shape recognition abilities may play a role in language acquisition and influence even long-term language outcomes.

Keywords: N400, shape recognition, language development, ERP, Shape Bias

Received: 02 Apr 2019; Accepted: 08 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Borgström, Lindgren, Torkildsen and Sahlen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Magnus Lindgren, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, magnus.lindgren@psy.lu.se