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ERIC Number: EJ1006350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Redundancy Matters: Flexible Learning of Multiple Contingencies in Infants
Sloutsky, Vladimir M.; Robinson, Christopher W.
Cognition, v126 n2 p156-164 Feb 2013
Many objects and events can be categorized in different ways, and learning multiple categories in parallel often requires flexibly attending to different stimulus dimensions in different contexts. Although infants and young children often exhibit poor attentional control, several theoretical proposals argue that such flexibility can be achieved without selective attention. If this is the case, then even young infants should be able to learn multiple dimension-context contingencies in parallel. This possibility was tested in four experiments with 14- and 22-month-olds. Learning of contingencies succeeded as long as there were multiple correlations between the context and the to-be-learned dimension. These findings suggest that infants can learn multiple dimension-context contingencies in parallel, but only when there is sufficient redundancy in the input. (Contains 3 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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