Naming guides how 12-month-old infants encode and remember objects

Even for infants just beginning to speak their first words, the way an object is named guides infants’ encoding, representation and memory for that object, according to new Northwestern research. Encoding objects in memory and recalling them later is fundamental to human cognition and emerges in infancy. Evidence from a new recognition memory task reveals that as they encode objects, infants are sensitive to a principled link between naming and object representation by 12 months.