International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Rethinking Learning and Intermodal Transfer in Newborns
Ruixia Yan

Intermodal transfer in newborns should be re-examined in light of new information about prenatal experience and the rate of pre- and postnatal learning. Although the nativist interpretations of recent findings are appealing, the rate of postnatal learning and the richness of prenatal experience suggest that the contribution of experience may have been underestimated. Although intermodal transfer suggests that infants use and construct abstract representations early in their experience the role of prior learning should be reconsidered.

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