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Aug 2, 2019



Dartmouth and UC-Irvine mathematicians report that you learn faster if you picture it before you hear about it.  This universal principle of so-called object before label learning applies to everything from teaching kids their colors to learning foreign languages.


The researchers used formal testing to demonstrate that object before label learning is superior to label before object learning.  They then developed a mathematical model to both describe the phenomenon and predict the superiority of seeing rather than hearing or reading first.


The bottom line: When teaching the the alphabet, animals, or anything, show your child the object before providing its name.  A foreign language? Show the object, then present the word.  A picture is always better than a thousand words!


Timmy Ma, Natalia L. Komarova. Object‐Label‐Order Effect When Learning From an Inconsistent Source. Cognitive Science, 2019; 43 (8) DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12737


#Education #objectlabel #learningorder