Regularization behavior in a non-linguistic domain

Vanessa Ferdinand, Bill Thompson, Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Language learners tend to regularize unpredictable variation and some claim that is due to a language-specific regularization bias. We investigate the role of task difficulty on regularization behavior in a non-linguistic frequency learning task and show that adults regularize variable input when tracking multiple frequencies concurrently, but reliably reproduce the variation they have observed when tracking one frequency. These results suggest that regularization behavior may be due to domain-general factors, such as memory limitations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Cogsci 2013
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9768318-9-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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