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ERIC Number: EJ792583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Infants Attribute Goals Even to Biomechanically Impossible Actions
Southgate, Victoria; Johnson, Mark H.; Csibra, Gergely
Cognition, v107 n3 p1059-1069 Jun 2008
Human infants readily interpret the actions of others in terms of goals, but the origins of this important cognitive skill are keenly debated. We tested whether infants recognize others' actions as goal-directed on the basis of their experience with carrying out and observing goal-directed actions, or whether their perception of a goal-directed action is based on the recognition of a specific event structure. Counterintuitively, but consistent with our prediction, we observed that infants appear to extend goal attribution even to biomechanically impossible actions so long as they are physically efficient, indicating that the notion of "goal" is unlikely to be derived directly from infants' experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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