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ERIC Number: EJ935897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Attention to Multiple Cues during Spontaneous Object Labeling
Wu, Rachel; Mareschal, Denis; Rakison, David H.
Infancy, v16 n5 p545-556 Sep-Oct 2011
It is well established that 2-year-olds attribute a novel label to an object's global shape rather than local features (i.e., parts). Although recent studies have found that younger infants also attend to global rather than local features when given a label, the test stimuli in these experiments confounded parts and shape by varying both or neither. With infants (16- and 24-month-olds) and adults, this experiment disentangled shape and parts with appropriate test objects. Results showed a clear development of a strategy incorporating multiple cues. Across three age groups, there was an increase in generalizing labels to objects matching the exemplar's local and global features (parts, base, and shape), and a decrease to objects matching in only one local feature. We discuss these results in terms of a learned flexibility in using multiple cues to predict lexical categories. (Contains 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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