PSYC 3541 Thought and Language
3 hours; 3 credits
How the acquisition of language appears to influence thought. The role language plays in early cognitive achievements according to different developmental theories. Examination of research using nonverbal dependent measures with infants as well as with adults in comparison to findings using verbal measures. Cross-linguistic research including studies in Sign Language. Discussion of current issues such as: Is language a seamless extension of conceptual thought across all ages in development? Does language influence thought more strongly at some ages than others? Does language qualitatively change how we conceptualize the world?
Prerequisite: Psychology 1000 and 2530; Junior or Senior year standing.
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