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Title: Perceptual restoration in children versus adults
Author: Rochelle S Newman
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Homepage: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp/newmanr.html
Institution: University of Maryland
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Sociolinguistics; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: Children often listen to speech in noisy environments, where they must use prior knowledge to help them interpret the intended signal. The present experiment compares school-aged children's and adults' use of one such form of prior knowledge, as demonstrated in the perceptual restoration effect. Children, like adults, perform better when speech is intermittently replaced with noise than when it is replaced with silence, suggesting that children are able to make use of prior knowledge to help them restore interrupted signals. Despite this fact, children appear to be more affected by acoustic signal disruptions than are adult listeners, suggesting they will experience greater difficulty in noisy environments.

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