Project Overview

In this ongoing project we investigate an ability that lies at the heart of cognition: to learn and to apply rules. We ask whether infants (from 5 to 12 months-old) can learn abstract algebraic rules over patterned syllable sequences and generalize those rules to novel syllable sequences. Despite the large research effort on the topic, questions remain about the robustness of the core finding, as many studies failed to find significant learning effects. We believe that a multi-lab approach with a large and diverse sample of infants has the potential to uncover whether and to what extent this core cognitive ability is available in young infants and how it varies across age and different developmental circumstances.


MB3 Contributors

We encourage everyone who is interested in the project to contact the Project Leads (see above) or fill out the MB Sign-Up Form. Please note that access to infants/an infant lab is NOT a prerequisite.

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Stage 1 Registered Report

Visser, I., Geambasu, A., Baumgartner, H. A., Bergmann, C., Byers-Heinlein, K., Carstensen, A., Doyle, F. L., Gervain, J., Hannon, E. E., Havron, N., Johnson, S. P., Kachergis, G., Kline Struhl, M., Kosie, J., Lew-Williams, C., Mayor, J., Moreau, D., Mueller, J., Raijmakers, M. E. J., … Levelt, C. C. (accepted pending data collection). ManyBabies 3: A multi-lab study of infant algebraic rule learning. Developmental Science. PsyArXiv.

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