Learning in infancy

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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 several problems faced by infant learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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