The unrealized promise of infant statistical word–referent learning

Smith, Linda B., Suanda, Sumarga H. and Yu, Chen (2014) The unrealized promise of infant statistical word–referent learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18 (5). pp. 251-258. ISSN 1364-6613

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Recent theory and experiments offer a new solution regarding how infant learners may break into word learning by using cross-situational statistics to find the underlying word–referent mappings. Computational models demonstrate the in-principle plausibility of this statistical learning solution and experimental evidence shows that infants can aggregate and make statistically appropriate decisions from word–referent co-occurrence data. We review these contributions and then identify the gaps in current knowledge that prevent a confident conclusion about whether cross-situational learning is the mechanism through which infants break into word learning. We propose an agenda to address that gap that focuses on detailing the statistics in the learning environment and the cognitive processes that make use of those statistics.

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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 12:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 04:19
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.02.007

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