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Hearing and Donuts (Brain and Bagels) Seminar
September 17 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Presenter: Tracy Reuter, Postdoctoral Fellow (Saffran/Ellis-Weimer), UW Madison
Topic: Evaluating the Role of Prediction in Language Development
Prediction (broadly defined as the ability to anticipate upcoming information) theoretically enables efficient real-time language processing and supports word learning. Although there is growing consensus that prediction facilitates language processing among neurotypical adults, the role of prediction in language development remains uncertain. The present studies aim to further elucidate whether, when, and how prediction could facilitate language processing and word learning among neurotypical infants, children, and adults. Findings broadly suggest prediction may support neurotypical listeners’ language processing and word learning from infancy to adulthood. In ongoing experimental and longitudinal work, our lab is evaluating verbal and nonverbal prediction abilities among young children with autism.