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ERIC Number: EJ883377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Experience-Based and On-Line Categorization of Objects in Early Infancy
Bornstein, Marc H.; Mash, Clay
Child Development, v81 n3 p884-897 May-Jun 2010
What processes do infants employ in categorizing? Infants might categorize on line as they encounter category-related entities; alternatively, infants might depend on prior experience with entities in formulating categories. These alternatives were tested in forty-four 5-month-olds. Infants who were familiarized in the laboratory with a category of never-before-seen objects subsequently treated novel objects of the same category as familiar--they categorized on line--just as did infants who were exposed to objects from the same category at home for 2 months leading to their laboratory assessment of object categorization. Infants with home experience also recognized novel category objects as familiar from the outset--that is, prior experience with category exemplars was brought to bear in laboratory tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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