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    • Brain regions and functional interactions supporting early word recognition in the face of input variability 

      Benavides Varela, Silvia; Siugzdaite, Roma; Gómez, David Maximiliano; Macagno, Francesco; Cattarossi, Luigi; Mehler, Jacques (National Academy of Sciences, 2017)
      Perception and cognition in infants have been traditionally investigated using habituation paradigms, assuming that babies' memories in laboratory contexts are best constructed after numerous repetitions of the very same ...
    • Language acquisition in premature and full-term infants 

      Peña, Marcela; Pittaluga, Enrica; Mehler, Jacques (National Academy of Sciences, 2010-02-23)
      We tested healthy preterm (born near 28 ± 2 weeks of gestational age) and full-term infants at various different ages. We compared the two populations on the development of a language acquisition landmark, namely, the ...
    • Language universals at birth 

      Gómez, David Maximiliano; Berent, Iris; Benavides Varela, Silvia; Bion, Ricardo A. H.; Cattarossi, Luigi; Nespor, Marina; Mehler, Jacques (CrossMark, 2014)
      The evolution of human languages is driven both by primitive biases present in the human sensorimotor systems and by cultural transmission among speakers. However, whether the design of the language faculty is further ...
    • Memory in the neonate brain 

      Benavides-Varela, Silvia; Gómez, David M.; Macagno, Francesco; Bion, Ricardo A H; Peretz, Isabelle; Mehler, Jacques (2011)
      Background: The capacity to memorize speech sounds is crucial for language acquisition. Newborn human infants can discriminate phonetic contrasts and extract rhythm, prosodic information, and simple regularities from speech. ...
    • Statistical speech segmentation in tone languages: the role of lexical tones 

      Gómez, David M.; Mok, Peggy; Ordin, Mikhail; Mehler, Jacques; Nespor, Marina (Sage Publications, 2018)
      Research has demonstrated distinct roles for consonants and vowels in speech processing. For example, consonants have been shown to support lexical processes, such as the segmentation of speech based on transitional ...
    • Studying neonates' language and memory capacities with functional near-infrared spectroscopy 

      Benavides-Varela, Silvia; Gómez, David M.; Mehler, Jacques (2011)
      The measurement of newborns' brain hemodynamic activity has improved our understanding of early cognitive processes, in particular of language acquisition. In this paper, we describe two experimental protocols adapted to ...