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    Social cues support learning about objects from statistics in infancy

    Wu, Rachel and Gopnik, A. and Richardson, D.C. and Kirkham, Natasha Z. (2010) Social cues support learning about objects from statistics in infancy. In: Ohlsson, S. and Catrambone, R. (eds.) Cognition in Flux: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, Texas, USA: Cognitive Science Society, pp. 1228-1233. ISBN 9780976831860.

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    In laboratory experiments, infants can learn patterns of features that co-occur (e.g., Fiser & Aslin, 2002). This finding leaves two questions unanswered: What do infants do with the knowledge acquired from such statistical learning, and which patterns do infants attend to in the noisy and cluttered world outside of the laboratory? Here, we show that 9-month-old infants form expectations about co-occurring features remaining fused, an essential skill for object individuation and recognition (e.g., Goldstone, 2000; Schyns & Rodet, 1997). We also show that though social cues may temporarily detract attention away from learning events, they appear to stimulate infants to display learning better in complex situations than when infants learn on their own without attention cues. These findings suggest that infants can use feature co-occurrence to learn about objects and that social cues shape such foundational learning in a noisy environment during infancy.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): visual statistical learning, eye-tracking, cognitive development, social cues, eye gaze
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 09:27
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:18


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