Event Abstract

EQUIVALENCE CLASS FORMATION AND LEARNING CULTURAL LINGUISTIC CONCEPTS

  • 1 Southern Cross University, Psychology, School of Health and Human Sciences, Australia

Aim: Human linguistic abilities have been associated with the formation of stimulus equivalence. A small number of studies have examined equivalence class formation and learning difficult statistical and computational concepts. Method: The current experiments were designed to investigate whether it was possible to use equivalence class formation to assist in the acquisition of cultural linguistic information, specifically the meaning of Kamilaroi words. A total of 48 participants were recruited, 24 in each of the studies. In the first study, participants completed two matching to sample tasks in which three Kamilaroi words and their meanings formed two of the nodes involved. For one group of participants, the other node was a pictorial representation reflecting the meaning of the word, while for another group this node comprised meaningless 4-letter sequences. The second experiment was identical. However, the pictures were unrelated Indigenous paintings. Results: In both experiments, delayed matching to sample was fastest for the equivalence classes including the pictorial representations. The pictorial cues also led to higher levels of symmetry and transitivity in the equivalence class tests. Conclusion: The study shows a difference between the experimental group and the control groups in both experiments. The method of matching to sample procedure using pictorial cues is a possible mechanism to identify equivalence class formation when learning and teaching concepts across cultural disciplines. This study using equivalence class formation provides a possible method for teaching different academic content such as Indigenous concepts in higher education.

Keywords: Relational framework, Equivalence class formation, Cultural Linguistic Abilities, Nodal Differences, Linguistics

Conference: Southern Cross University 14th Annual Honours Psychology Research Conference, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, 5 Oct - 6 Oct, 2017.

Presentation Type: Research

Topic: Psychology

Citation: Fernando D, Provost SC and Jefford E (2017). EQUIVALENCE CLASS FORMATION AND LEARNING CULTURAL LINGUISTIC CONCEPTS. Front. Psychol. Conference Abstract: Southern Cross University 14th Annual Honours Psychology Research Conference. doi: 10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2017.72.00002

Received: 25 Sep 2017; Published Online: 11 Dec 2017.

* Correspondence:
Dr. Stephen C Provost, Southern Cross University, Psychology, School of Health and Human Sciences, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450, Australia, steve.provost@scu.edu.au
Dr. Elaine Jefford, Southern Cross University, Psychology, School of Health and Human Sciences, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450, Australia, elaine.jefford@scu.edu.au

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