Contextual repetition facilitates word learning via fast mapping

Axelsson, Emma L and Horst, Jessica S (2014) Contextual repetition facilitates word learning via fast mapping. Acta Psychologica, 152. pp. 95-99. ISSN 0001-6918

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The current study explores whether contextual repetition during fast mapping facilitates word learning. Three-year-old children completed fast mapping and test trials using a touchscreen computer. For half of the children, the non-targets (competitors) repeated across learning trials and for other children there was no repetition. All children received the same test trials. Children who experienced contextual repetition, that is, children for whom the competitors repeated during the initial fast mapping task, demonstrated word learning. These data demonstrate that children's word learning is facilitated by the presence of extraneous yet predictable information in the initial fast mapping task.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Fast mapping; Word learning; Contextual repetition; Competition; Extraneous cues; Redundant information
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Helen Webb - Library
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 11:13
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2014 07:43
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