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Parallels Between Action-Object Mapping and Word-Object Mapping in Young Children

Riggs, KJ and Mather, E and Hyde, G and Simpson, A (2015) 'Parallels Between Action-Object Mapping and Word-Object Mapping in Young Children.' Cognitive Science. ISSN 0364-0213

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Across a series of four experiments with 3- to 4-year-olds we demonstrate how cognitive mechanisms supporting noun learning extend to the mapping of actions to objects. In Experiment 1 (n = 61) the demonstration of a novel action led children to select a novel, rather than a familiar object. In Experiment 2 (n = 78) children exhibited long-term retention of novel action-object mappings and extended these actions to other category members. In Experiment 3 (n = 60) we showed that children formed an accurate sensorimotor record of the novel action. In Experiment 4 (n = 54) we demonstrate limits on the types of actions mapped to novel objects. Overall these data suggest that certain aspects of noun mapping share common processing with action mapping and support a domain-general account of word learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fast mapping; Actions; Language; Word learning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 13:30
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:35

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