The first slow step:Differential effects of object and word-form familiarization on retention of fast-mapped words

Kucker, Sarah C and Samuelson, Larissa K (2012) The first slow step:Differential effects of object and word-form familiarization on retention of fast-mapped words. Infancy, 17 (3). pp. 295-323. ISSN 1525-0008

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Abstract

Recent research demonstrated that although twenty-four month-old infants do well on the initial pairing of a novel word and novel object in fast-mapping tasks, they are unable to retain the mapping after a five-minute delay. The current study examines the role of familiarity with the objects and words on infants' ability to bridge between the initial fast mapping of a name and object, and later retention in the service of slow mapping. Twenty-four-month-old infants were familiarized with either novel objects or novel names prior to the referent selection portion of a fast-mapping task. When familiarized with the novel objects, infants retained the novel mapping after a delay, but not when familiarized with the novel words. This suggests familiarity with the object versus the word form leads to differential encoding of the name-object link. We discuss the implications of this finding for subsequent slow mapping.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 16:00
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 14:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55224
DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00081.x

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