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ERIC Number: EJ775148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
The Role of Functional Information for Infant Categorization
Trauble, Birgit; Pauen, Sabina
Cognition, v105 n2 p362-379 Nov 2007
This report examines whether knowledge about function influences the formation of artifact categories in 11-12- month old infants. Using an object-examination task, a set of artificial stimuli was presented that could either be grouped according to overall similarity or according to similarity in one functionally relevant part. Experiment 1 revealed that infants categorized the objects according to overall similarity but not part similarity under control conditions. Experiment 2 showed that after having seen the experimenter demonstrating the functional use of the critical part, infants later categorized the stimuli according to part similarity. When the same actions were performed without producing any effect, infants failed to categorize according to the critical part. This set of findings suggests that 11-12-month old infants use functional information as a cue to categorization.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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