ERIC Number: EJ1027528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Learning from Their Own Actions: The Unique Effect of Producing Actions on Infants' Action Understanding
Gerson, Sarah A.; Woodward, Amanda L.
Child Development, v85 n1 p264-277 Jan-Feb 2014
Prior research suggests that infants' action production affects their action understanding, but little is known about the aspects of motor experience that render these effects. In Study 1, the relative contributions of self-produced (n = 30) and observational (n = 30) action experience on 3-month-old infants' action understanding was assessed using a visual habituation paradigm. In Study 2, generalization of training to a new context was examined (n = 30). Results revealed a unique effect of active over observational experience. Furthermore, findings suggest that benefits of trained actions do not generalize broadly, at least following brief training.
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