A neurocomputational account of taxonomic responding and fast mapping in early word learning.

  title={A neurocomputational account of taxonomic responding and fast mapping in early word learning.},
  author={Julien Mayor and Kim Plunkett},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={117 1},
We present a neurocomputational model with self-organizing maps that accounts for the emergence of taxonomic responding and fast mapping in early word learning, as well as a rapid increase in the rate of acquisition of words observed in late infancy. The quality and efficiency of generalization of word-object associations is directly related to the quality of prelexical, categorical representations in the model. We show how synaptogenesis supports coherent generalization of word-object… 

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