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ERIC Number: EJ1007410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
"Shall We 'Blick'?": Novel Words Highlight Actors' Underlying Intentions for 14-Month-Old Infants
Chen, Marian L.; Waxman, Sandra R.
Developmental Psychology, v49 n3 p426-431 Mar 2013
By 14 months, infants have become exquisite observers of others' behavior and successful word learners. But do they coordinate their early observational and language capacities to gain insight into the intentions of others? Building upon Gergely, Bekkering, and Kiraly's (2002) classic head-touch phenomenon, we consider the contribution of language to 14-month-old infants' imitation of an unconventional behavior (turning on a light with one's forehead, rather than hand). Providing a novel word ("I'm going to "blick" the light!") prompted infants to imitate; simply drawing attention to the action ("Look at this!"; "Look at what I'm doing!") did not. Thus, by 14 months, infants gain insight into the intentions of others by considering not only what we do but also what we say. (Contains 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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