Dr. Osnat Segal
Research work

One of the most interesting questions in the field of language acquisition is how a newborn becomes a speaker of its native language within the short period of the first three years of life. The importance of this question is emphasized by the growing body of evidence suggesting that language-learning disability identified in school-aged children is deep-rooted in the initial processes of language acquisition. Thus, understanding early language-learning processes, from infancy, is highly important in order to: a) gain insight on the typical and atypical courses of language acquisition, b) identify developmental difficulties as early as possible, and c) assess the influence of exposure and use of the native language on the processes of language learning. My goal as a researcher, who is also a communication disorders clinician, is to study the aforementioned processes of early language development in typically developing infants as a basis for understanding these processes in special populations including children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), children with language impairment (LI), children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and children from low socio-economic status (LSES). 
My research includes three inter-related issues: a) early processes of language acquisition in infants and toddlers, b) the role of prosodic information in language acquisition and its use across the life span, and c) language and speech acquisition in special populations including ASD, LI, CAS and LSES. We use advanced eye tracking technology. 

Areas of interest & scientific knowledge

Behavioral Neuroscience

Clinical Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience

Selected Publications
  • Peleg, O., Ozer, R., Norman, T. & Segal, O. (2018). Perceptual simulations during sentence comprehension: A comparison between typical adolescents and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 45, 36-55. https://daneshyari.com/article/preview/5039191.pdf
  • Gold, R., & Segal, O. (2020). The Bouba–Kiki Effect in Persons with Prelingual Auditory Deprivation. Language Learning and Development, 16, 49-60. 10.1080/15475441.2019.1685386
  • Gold, R., Klein, D. & Segal, O. (2021). The Bouba–Kiki Effect in children with childhood apraxia of speech. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 65, 43-52. 10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00070
  • Grinberg, D., Levin-Asher, B., & Segal, O. (2022). The Myth of Women’s Advantage in Using Child-Directed Speech: Evidence of Women Versus Men in Single-Sex–Parent Families. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 65(11), 4205-4227. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_JSLHR-21-00558
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