Labels can override perceptual categories in early infancy

@article{Plunkett2008LabelsCO,
  title={Labels can override perceptual categories in early infancy},
  author={Kim Plunkett and Jon-Fan Hu and Leslie B. Cohen},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={106},
  pages={665-681}
}
An extensive body of research claims that labels facilitate categorisation, highlight the commonalities between objects and act as invitations to form categories for young infants before their first birthday. While this may indeed be a reasonable claim, we argue that it is not justified by the experiments described in the research. We report on a series of experiments that demonstrate that labels can play a causal role in category formation during infancy. Ten-month-old infants were taught to… CONTINUE READING
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