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Exploring the Role of Maternal Ostensive Communication in Infant Learning

Jamnadass, Shruti; (2021) Exploring the Role of Maternal Ostensive Communication in Infant Learning. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

It is undeniable that understanding the wide range of factors that influence infant learning is highly complex. Using the theory of natural pedagogy to understand how humans pass knowledge through generations, allows for the consideration of concepts such as the role of ostensive communication and mentalisation when understanding infant learning. This Conceptual Introduction is intended to review theoretical concepts applied to understand ostensive communication and increase knowledge of studies demonstrating how ostensive cues facilitates learning in infants. From reviewing experimental studies, it is apparent that there is a lack of an agreed definition of which social cues would be classed as ostensive cues. Furthermore, studies lack a comprehensive tool to reliably capture ostensive cues, resulting in a challenge when attempting to compare the results of learning tasks across studies. This work is intended to inform the further development of experimental studies in this field, and to pave the way for a paradigm using a newly developed tool to measure ostensive cues.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Exploring the Role of Maternal Ostensive Communication in Infant Learning
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118329
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