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Infants' association of linguistic labels with causal actions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10749073     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Six experiments examined infants' ability to associate nonsense words with 2 causal actions: pushing and pulling. Although Experiment 1 found that 14-month-olds failed to form word-action associations, 18-month-olds in Experiment 2 provided reliable evidence of doing so. Additional experiments explored why 14-month-olds may not have formed such an association. Experiment 3 examined 14-month-olds' ability to discriminate a change in either the action or the label when the other element was held constant. Infants discriminated the change in label but not the change in action. When the language labels were replaced with music (Experiments 4-6), 14-month-old infants responded in terms of and discriminated between pushing and pulling. These results, in comparison with those from Experiments 1 and 3, suggest that for 14 month-olds, attempting to associate labels with actions may interfere with their discrimination of similar actions.
Authors:
M Casasola; L B Cohen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-25     Completed Date:  2000-04-25     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin 78712, USA. marianella@mail.utexas.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Age Factors
Association Learning*
Attention*
Causality
Female
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Humans
Infant
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Language Development*
Male
Mental Recall
Semantics*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD-23397/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; HD-23397S/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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