Discrimination learning and infant cognition
The Nature and Processes of Preverbal Learning details a study on discrimination learning in nine-month-old infants to explore how children can learn before they can speak. Using visual stimuli with measured variation in a multi-phase exposure to almost 100 infants, researchers investigated the effects of reinforcement versus stimulus and the continuity of learning curves. This book details their methods, results, and analysis, with a supplementary commentary that explores the link between cognitive processes and learning throughout the life span.
Abstract. Introduction. Theoretical and Empirical Issues in the Study of Discrimination Learning. Infants' Mediation Processes During Learning. The Nature and Processes Involved in Infants' Learning. General Discussion: Implications for the Development of Attention and Learning. References. Acknowledgments. Commentary. Cognitive Processes Explain Learning Across the Life Span: Infants and Toddlers are People Too. (Barry Gholson) Reply. On the Development of the Processes Underlying Learning Across the Life Span. (Jeffrey T. Coldren and John Colombo) Contributors. Statement of Editorial Policy.