A critical period for the acquisition of the theory of mind? Clues from homesigners

Autor/a: COURTIN, Cyril
Año: 2010
Editorial: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Aspectos psicológicos y cognitivos


This chapter fills in the French situation and complements chapter 5’s questioning about the linguistic achievement of homesigners by asking whether homesigns are sufficient to help the child develop a mature cognition. Several studies on theory of mind in deaf children and adults suggest that language-communication (not just gestural communication) is a critical variable in proper cognitive development. Additionally, the age of ten appears to be a significant time — an earlier critical period than Wood’s studies found. These findings, while not constant, are relatively persistent, regardless of whether children eventually receive hearing aids or cochlear implants.

En: Mathur y Napoli (eds.), "Deaf around the world: The impact of language", pp. 184–93.