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ERIC Number: EJ1101286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Parallels between Action-Object Mapping and Word-Object Mapping in Young Children
Riggs, Kevin J.; Mather, Emily; Hyde, Grace; Simpson, Andrew
Cognitive Science, v40 n4 p992-1006 May 2016
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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