Parallel but independent lines of research in two disciplines, psycholinguistics and behavior analysis, have examined rapid mapping of symbols onto corresponding environmental events. Psycholinguists have studied "fast mapping," a phenomenon considered critical for the rapid vocabulary expansion observed in preschool years. Behavior analysts have studied the phenomenon of "learning by exclusion." This paper reviews the research protocols, questions, and outcomes, in order to: (a) make evident their clear similarities; (b) support the argument that both disciplines are studying a single phenomenon, and (c) illustrate how crossdisciplinary discourse might benefit both disciplines.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health