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Near or far: The effect of spatial distance and vocabulary knowledge on word learning

Axelsson, Emma; Perry, Lynn; Scott, Emilly; Horst, Jessica


The current study investigated the role of spatial distance in word learning. Two-year-old children saw three novel objects named while the objects were either in close proximity to each other or spatially separated. Children were then tested on their retention for the name-object associations. Keeping the objects spatially separated from each other during naming was associated with increased retention for children with larger vocabularies. Children with a lower vocabulary size demonstrated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Acta Psychologica
DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2015.11.006


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