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.
- Ingmar Visser, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands [email]
- Claartje Levelt, Leiden University, Netherlands [email]
- Melanie Soderstrom, University of Manitoba, Canada [email]
- Andreea Geambasu, Leiden University, Netherlands [email]
- Stage 1 Registered Report has received an In Principle Acceptance at Developmental Science (read the preprint)
- Collecting data (sign-up form)
Data Collection Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday Oct 11 11am ET / 5pm, CEST and Thursday Oct 13, 9am CEST. For more information, contact Ingmar Visser
- Materials, Protocols, and Documentation: MB3-OSF
- Lab Manual: link
- Data and code: MB3-GitHub
- Listserv: join here
- Slack: MB workspace (join the #mb3-general channel)
- For a detailed index of collaborators (+ institutions, countries, studies), see the MB collaborator dashboard.
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/infant lab is NOT a prerequisite.