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The interplay between early social interaction, language and executive function development in deaf and hearing infants

Morgan, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-9495-1274, Curtin, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-9037-1355 and Botting, N. ORCID: 0000-0003-1082-9501 (2021). The interplay between early social interaction, language and executive function development in deaf and hearing infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 64, 101591. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2021.101591


In this article, we review the influence of early social interaction on the development of executive function and language in infants. We first define social interaction, executive function and language and show how they are related in infant development. Studies of children born deaf are used to illustrate this connection because they represent cases where there has been a disruption to early social interaction and the development of intersubjectivity. Unlike other groups, the disturbance to development is known to be largely environmental rather than neuro-biological. This enables us to more accurately tease apart those impacts on EF that are associated with social interaction and language, since the potential confounds of disordered cognitive development are largely controlled for. The review offers a unifying model for how social, cognitive and linguistic development work together in early human development.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Early social interaction, Language, Deafness, Executive function
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
Date available in CRO: 26 Jul 2021 13:31
Date deposited: 26 July 2021
Date of acceptance: 26 May 2021
Date of first online publication: 2 June 2021
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