Regularization behavior in a non-linguistic domain

Vanessa Ferdinand, Bill Thompson, Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith

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Language learners tend to regularize unpredictable variation and some claim that is due to a language-specific regularization bias. We investigate the role of task difficulty on regularization behavior in a non-linguistic frequency learning task and show that adults regularize variable input when tracking multiple frequencies concurrently, but reliably reproduce the variation they have observed when tracking one frequency. These results suggest that regularization behavior may be due to domain-general factors, such as memory limitations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsMarkus Knauff, Michael Pauen, Natalie Sebanz, Ipke Wachsmuth
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9768318-9-1
ISBN (Print)978-0-9768318-9-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventCogSci 2013 - 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 31 Jul 20133 Aug 2013


ConferenceCogSci 2013 - 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

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