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  Infant cognition includes the potentially human-unique ability to encode embedding

Winkler, M., Mueller, J. L., Friederici, A. D., & Männel, C. (2018). Infant cognition includes the potentially human-unique ability to encode embedding. Science Advances, 4(11): eaar8334. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aar8334.

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Winkler, Marina1, 2, Author              
Mueller, Jutta L.1, 3, Author              
Friederici, Angela D.1, Author              
Männel, Claudia1, 4, 5, Author              
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication, Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634549              
5Clinic for Cognitive Neurology, University of Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Human cognition relies on the ability to encode complex regularities in the input. Regularities above a certain complexity level can involve the feature of embedding, defined by nested relations between sequential elements. While comparative studies suggest the cognitive processing of embedding to be human specific, evidence of its ontogenesis is lacking. To assess infants’ ability to process embedding, we implemented nested relations in tone sequences, minimizing perceptual and memory requirements. We measured 5-month-olds’ brain responses in two auditory oddball paradigms, presenting standard sequences with one or two levels of embedding, interspersed with infrequent deviant sequences violating the established embedding rules. Brain potentials indicate that infants detect embedding violations and thus appear to track nested relations. This shows that the ability to encode embedding may be part of the basic human cognitive makeup, which might serve as scaffolding for the acquisition of complex regularities in language or music.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-12-222018-10-242018-11-212018-11-02
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar8334
PMID: 30474053
PMC: PMC6248967
Other: eCollection 2018
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Funding organization : Max Planck Society
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Grant ID : MA 6897/2-1
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Funding organization : German Research Foundation (DFG)

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Title: Science Advances
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Publ. Info: Washington : AAAS
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 4 (11) Sequence Number: eaar8334 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2375-2548
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2375-2548