- Restrictions on Access:
- Open Access.
- The purpose of this study was to investigate abstract rule-learning abilities in multiple age groups of monolingual children. The ability to learn abstract rules is necessary in order to learn the rules of a particular language system. Past research has mainly focused on infants and childrens ability to learn and retain a single rule. The current study set out to add to the literature by investigating young childrens ability to learn a single rule using eye-tracking technology, as well as investigating childrens ability to learn single and multiple rules through a pilot study using a Blicket-Detector paradigm. The first experiment found that when presented with a violation of a rule and a non-violation of a rule, children between the ages of 18 and 22 months do not spend more time looking at the violation of the rule, leading us to believe that they did not learn the single rule. The second experiment found that children between the ages of 34 and 42 months did not perform above chance when learning a single rule, and that only one out of the two children who were exposed to a second rule performed above chance on the second rule task. The performance of children in both experiments differed from what is expected based on results of the current literature on causal reasoning.
- Dissertation Note:
- B.S. Pennsylvania State University 2018.
- Technical Details:
- The full text of the dissertation is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file ; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file.
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