Prelinguistic foundations of verb learning: Infants discriminate and categorize dynamic human actions.

@article{Song2016PrelinguisticFO,
  title={Prelinguistic foundations of verb learning: Infants discriminate and categorize dynamic human actions.},
  author={Lulu Song and Shannon M. Pruden and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2016},
  volume={151},
  pages={77-95}
}
Action categorization is necessary for human cognition and is foundational to learning verbs, which label categories of actions and events. In two studies using a nonlinguistic preferential looking paradigm, 10- to 12-month-old English-learning infants were tested on their ability to discriminate and categorize a dynamic human manner of motion (i.e., way in which a figure moves; e.g., marching). Study 1 results reveal that infants can discriminate a change in path and actor across instances of… CONTINUE READING

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