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ERIC Number: ED140951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Responsive Stimulation in Early Infancy.
Ramey, Craig T.; Finkelstein, Neal W.
This study investigated whether infants who were given increased amounts of response-contingent stimulation would evidence positive and nonspecific transfer of learning to situations requiring new responses to control environmental events. Subjects were thirty 3-month-old biologically normal home-reared infants. Infants in the group assigned to a contingent stimulation treatment received 4-second presentations of a cartoon movie plus music contingent on non-fussy vocal responses. Infants in a noncontingent stimulation group received the same temporal pattern of auditory visual stimulation that had been presented to the contingent group. A control group received no stimulation. Both immediately prior to and following treatment all infants were brought to the laboratory for a visual conditioning session. Delayed posttests were given after two weeks to determine if the effects would persist. Results showed that both the contingent and non-contingent stimulation procedures enhanced subsequent learning. (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)