Still leaves the question: ◦ Did the infants use Disjunctive Syllogism (logic) or simply match novel to novel without performing logic (N3C) ◦ Why did 14 month olds exhibit opposite behavior?
Previous Studies Halberda, 2006: Is this a dax which I see before me? In response to unaddressed issues of previous study Another looking time study with more stringent statistical techniques Done first on adults to indicate if his procedure was efficient
Previous Studies Disjunctive syllogism just for word-learning? Or domain general? Waxman & Booth, 2000: Principles that are invoked during the acquisition of words but not facts Tested whether children can map novel words to novel objects/novel facts to novel objects AND whether they could extend the significance of these novel objects to similar objects in each case
Previous Studies Domain Specificity? Spiegel, Yamaguchi, Heverly-Fitt, Halberda, 2009: Children’s use of logical inference in mapping novel voices to novel characters Preferential pointing technique in children
Still leaves the question: ◦ When do children develop the ability to perform disjunctive syllogism in simple, A or B situations?
Our Study We are investigating whether infants can reason about possibilities using the process of elimination. They will see that a toy is being hidden in one of two locations, but will not know which one it is in. Can they use visual or verbal information about where the object is not to determine where it is? How will we do this?
Methods: Based on Previous Study Call, 2004: Inferences about the location of food in the great apes 2 variables: ◦ Visual clue as to location of where food was/was not ◦ Auditory clue as to location of where food was/was not
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