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Napping and toddlers' memory for fast-mapped words

Axelsson, Emma; Swinton, Jaclyn; Winiger, Amanda; Horst, Jessica


When toddlers hear a novel word, they quickly and independently link it with a novel object rather than known-name objects. However, they are less proficient in retaining multiple novel words. Sleep and even short naps can enhance declarative memory in adults and children and this study investigates the effect of napping on children’s memory for novel words. Forty two-and-a-half-year-old children were presented with referent selection trials for four novel nouns. Children’s retention of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: First Language
DOI: 10.1177/0142723718785490


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