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The study of infant learning has undergone radical changes in recent years, from an emphasis on classical and operant conditioning in the early 1900s to virtual oblivion during the early years of the Chomskian revolution, to a revival in recent years with the discovery of powerful statistical learning abilities. This article provides a brief history of learning and summarizes the emerging literature on infant statistical learning in the context of a number of problems faced by infant learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780123708779
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Classical conditioning
  • Event memory
  • Generalization
  • Language acquisition
  • Learning
  • Memory reconsolidation
  • Nature
  • Nurture
  • Observational learning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Reinforcement
  • Statistical learning
  • Transitional probabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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