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ERIC Number: EJ1103311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Assessing Social Cognition: A New Instrumental Paradigm Based on Contingent Feedback
Bertin, Evelin; Wong, Charlene; Striano, Tricia
Infant and Child Development, v25 n3 p323-332 May-Jun 2016
Seven- to 12-month-olds were trained to press levers that contingently activated lights. Infants had the choice of turning on either a light an adult interaction partner was looking at or a light that she turned away from. By 9 months, infants reliably turned on the light that the adult was looking at. In a second study, 9- and 12-month-old infants could see the adult's upper body but not her face during the test. Nine-month-old infants showed the same pattern of results as in Study 1. However, turning on the light that the adult looked at dropped to chance level for 12-month-olds. Results suggest that feedback from movement cues might influence infants' behaviour at 9 and 12 months of age but that shared visual attention with others may drive infants' behaviour by 12 months. The new paradigm provides a new method to assess the development of social cognitive skills among infants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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