Semantic priming supports infants' ability to represent and name unseen objects

Elena Luchkina, Sandra Waxman

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Abstract

Human language permits us to call to mind objects, events, and ideas that we cannot witness directly. This capacity requires that one links words not only to their referents, but to mental representations of those referents. Together with the recognition that words are used intentionally for communication, this link constitutes 'verbal reference.' Although the development of verbal reference is a pivotal achievement, questions concerning its origins remain. To address this gap, we investigate infants' ability to establish a representation of an object that is hidden from view based on language input and to learn its name.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages114-121
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2022
Event44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cognitive Diversity, CogSci 2022 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 27 2022Jul 30 2022

Conference

Conference44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cognitive Diversity, CogSci 2022
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/27/227/30/22

Keywords

  • language acquisition
  • verbal reference
  • word learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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