The Effect of Object Distance on Word Learning: Nouns and Verbs



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Previous studies focus on spatial relations among objects in infant's viewing experience and clutterness of their view. However, the distance between the child and the viewing object has not been fully discussed. We know very little about the effect of the parent's object manipulation on the distance between the infant and object and whether there is a distance difference according to the type of word learning (i.e., noun versus verb). The findings can bring new insights into the relevancy of spatial orientation of objects, caregivers, and children in early play. To evaluate object accessibility in an early infant's visual experience, the present study aimed to characterize infant objects from an egocentric view and examined the spatial distance between the infant and the viewing object the parent presents during parent-child object play. No statistical significance was found however, potential insight into verb distance variance was discussed.