Establishing a Learning Foundation in a Dynamically Changing World: Insights from Artificial Language Work
AdvisorGómez, Rebecca L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIt is argued that infants build a foundation for learning about the world through their incidental acquisition of the spatial and temporal regularities surrounding them. A challenge is that learning occurs across multiple contexts whose statistics can greatly differ. Two artificial language studies with 12-month-olds demonstrate that infants come prepared to parse statistics across contexts using the temporal and perceptual features that distinguish one context from another. These results suggest that infants can organize their statistical input with a wider range of features that typically considered. Possible attention, decision making, and memory mechanisms are discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College