ERIC Number: ED080157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Extended Infant Learning: A Comparison of Two Responses and Two Visual Reinforcers.
Vietze, Peter; And Others
A study was conducted to examine the situational generality of extended learning in early infancy. Ss were 17 infants within one week of eight weeks of age. All but two were Caucasian, and all were from middle-income families. The apparatus consisted of a pressure sensing pillow which, when placed under the infant's head or feet, was sensitive to small pressure changes produced by movement. An electronic control system operated a 15 RPM Hurst Motor or a 25 Watt red light bulb when the infant activated the pillow by his movement. Ss were placed in cribs with their head or feet on the pillow so that when they moved, a counterwas advanced and contingent stimulation was provided. A repeated measures analysis of variance of the baseline data for the first, seventh, and last days of the study indicated no significant change in response rate across the 14-day period. Results indicate that the major increase in response output over a two-week period of conditioning occurs during the first seven days, with attainment of asymptotic level of responding over the last seven days. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (CK)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
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Note: Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 29 - April 1, 1973)