Conceptual Development & Language
Understanding the two way interaction between language acquisition and conceptual development. We have shown that acquiring conceptual knowledge affects the way in which visual information is stored, making infants forget category-irrelevant detail (Pomiechowska & Gliga, 2021) and that infants use category knowledge as a basis to generalise newly learned words (Pomiechowska & Gliga, 2019).
Why is language delayed in ASD? This may be because of how children with ASD distribute attention (to salient events rather than to the object referents of new labels Parsons et al., 2019) or how they make use of feed-back to correct word-object mappings (Bedford et al., 2013)
Pomiechowska, B. & Gliga, T. (2021) Nonverbal category knowledge limits the amount of information encoded in object representations: EEG evidence from 12-month-old infants. RSOS
Parsons, J. P., Bedford, R., Jones, E. J., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., & Gliga, T.(2019). Gaze following and attention to objects in infants at familial risk for ASD. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 1799.