Mutual Exclusivity (Psychology)

Mutual Exclusivity (Psychology)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Mutual exclusivity, in developmental psychology, is the assumption that only one label can be applied to each object in early word learning. Mutual exclusivity is a constraint that is often discussed by domain-specific accounts of language as limiting infants' hypotheses about the possible meanings of words. Mutual exclusivity might influence an infant's word learning in four different ways. First, mutual exclusivity might influence the infant's decision about the reference of a new word. For example, if a child is faced with a familiar object for which they already have a label, and an unfamiliar object, which they have not yet labelled, they are likely to map a novel word onto the unfamiliar object. This is called the disambiguation effect. Next, the bias might cause an infant to change the extension of a familiar word. In this case, a child might remove 'wolf' from their extension of 'dog' upon hearing an animal labelled a 'wolf.'show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 3mm | 95g
  • Vent
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135623370
  • 9786135623376