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Prediction and Hypothesis Testing in Children's Novel Word Learning

dc.contributor.authorKumar, Srish
dc.descriptionPSY 3998, 3999, 4998, 4999: Honors Seminar Faculty Mentor: Dr. Megan Sayloren_US
dc.description.abstractChildren learn new words through a variety of methods, consciously and unconsciously making connections between novel words and new objects to expand their vocabulary. One such method may be making predictions about the meaning of a novel word presented to them and subsequently testing their prediction. Existing literature provides only suggestive evidence that prediction and hypothesis testing should support word learning. In this study, we investigated the importance of prediction and hypothesis testing in word learning. We did this by showing children novel and familiar objects and encouraging them to either make predictions and test hypotheses about new words or not. Results displayed no difference in word learning based on prediction and hypothesis testing.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subject.lcshDevelopmental psychology
dc.titlePrediction and Hypothesis Testing in Children's Novel Word Learningen_US

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