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Distributional Learning Has Immediate and Long-Lasting Effects

Escudero, P. and Williams, Daniel (2014) Distributional Learning Has Immediate and Long-Lasting Effects. Cognition, 133 (2). pp. 408-413. ISSN 0010-0277

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Evidence of distributional learning, a statistical learning mechanism centered on relative frequency of exposure to different tokens, has mainly come from short-term learning and therefore does not ostensibly address the development of important learning processes. The present longitudinal study examines both short- and long-term effects of distributional learning of phonetic categories on non-native sound discrimination over a 12-month period. Two groups of listeners were exposed to a two-minute distribution of auditory stimuli in which the most frequently presented tokens either approximated or exaggerated the natural production of the speech sounds, whereas a control group listened to a piece of classical music for the same length of time. Discrimination by listeners in the two distribution groups improved immediately after the short exposure, replicating previous results. Crucially, this improvement was maintained after six and 12 months, demonstrating that distributional learning has long-lasting effects.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: statistical learning, distributional learning, longitudinal development, non-native sound discrimination
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Daniel Williams
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 09:34
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:04

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