Infants can rapidly form new categorical representations.

  title={Infants can rapidly form new categorical representations.},
  author={Rebecca J Ribar and Lisa M. Oakes and Thomas L. Spalding},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  volume={11 3},
Young infants learn common categorical distinctions, such as animals versus vehicles. But can they, like adults, rapidly form new categories, such as black-and-white animals? To answer this question, 6-, 10-, and 13-month-old infants were familiarized with four land animals that were black and white in coloring (e.g., a zebra and a black-and-white tiger) and then were tested with novel animals and a truck. The infants responded to an exclusive category that apparently included only black-and… CONTINUE READING