Dog is a dog is a dog: infant rule learning is not specific to language.

TitleDog is a dog is a dog: infant rule learning is not specific to language.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSaffran JR, Pollak SD, Seibel RL, Shkolnik A
JournalCognition
Volume105
Issue3
Pagination669-80
Date Published2007 Dec
ISSN0010-0277
KeywordsCognition, Concept Formation, Humans, Infant, Language, Learning, Semantics, Verbal Learning, Vocabulary
Abstract

Human infants possess powerful learning mechanisms used for the acquisition of language. To what extent are these mechanisms domain specific? One well-known infant language learning mechanism is the ability to detect and generalize rule-like similarity patterns, such as ABA or ABB [Marcus, G. F., Vijayan, S., Rao, S. B., & Vishton, P. M. (1999). Rule learning by seven-month-old infants. Science, 283, 77-80.]. The results of three experiments demonstrate that 7-month-old infants can detect and generalize these same patterns when the elements consist of pictures of animals (dogs and cats). These findings indicate that rule learning of this type is not specific to language acquisition.

DOI10.1016/j.cognition.2006.11.004
Alternate JournalCognition
PubMed ID17188676
PubMed Central IDPMC2066190
Grant ListR01MH61285 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 HD003352 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD037466 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
P30HD03352 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01HD37466 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH061285 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD037466-05A1 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States