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Diane Poulin-Dubois

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My research interests center on early cognitive and language development. A first area of research concerns the development of categorization abilities and the development of word meaning in infancy and early childhood. Current studies explore the origins of conceptual and perceptual categories, such as the animate-inanimate distinction and the acquisition of lexical categories by English-, French- and Japanese-speaking children (NSERC). A second area of research concerns early social cognition, particularly the development of a theory of mind during the first two years of life. At what age and how infants attribute desires, emotions, and intentions is currently being examined by comparing infants' behaviors towards people and robots. One goal of this research program is to develop screening instruments for autism spectrum disorders. (SSHRC, FQRSC).)

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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