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New paper accepted!

posted 15 Dec 2016, 09:35 by Marta Ponari   [ updated 23 Jan 2017, 07:23 ]
Our new paper "Acquisition of abstract concepts is influenced by emotional valence" has been accepted for publication in Developmental Science! 

In this study, we track for the first time the developmental trajectory of learning abstract words. We combine analyses of ratings of valence, concreteness and age of acquisition obtained from adult speakers with empirical data from an auditory lexical decision task in a cross-sectional study of children aged 6-12 years. In both studies, we have established a significant role for valence, especially positive, in the acquisition of abstract vocabulary.