What's in a shape? Children represent shape variability differently than adults when naming objects.

@article{Abecassis2001WhatsIA,
  title={What's in a shape? Children represent shape variability differently than adults when naming objects.},
  author={Maurissa Abecassis and Maria D. Sera and Albert Yonas and James Schwade},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={78 3},
  pages={213-39}
}
Children and adults often generalize a word to objects of the same shape. However, the shape properties on which generalization is based are unknown. We investigated the degree to which two shape dimensions were represented categorically by children and adults when learning names for objects. Multidimensional scaling techniques were used to establish the perceptual similarity of two sets of objects in Experiment 1. In Experiments 2 and 3, children (from 2;8 to 4;5 years of age) and adults… CONTINUE READING
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