The debate on perceptual versus conceptual accounts of children’s categorization is still very much at the forefront of recent work in early noun generalization. We examined the integration of perceptual and conceptual information in two experiments with 3-and 4-year-old children that use naming tasks previously claimed by Bloom and Markson (1998) to rely on conceptual information. We found that children’s naming of ambiguous pictorial representations was highly influenced by small manipulations of perceptual information; thus demonstrating that children’s performance always reflects the integration of perceptual and conceptual information. We argue that the data fit best with a view of early categorization as based on a system in which perceptual and conceptual information are fully integrated and co-developing.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Cognition, Brain, Behavior|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Dec 2007|