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ERIC Number: EJ810768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Interacting Socially with Human Hands at 24 Months of Age
Slaughter, Virginia; Nielsen, Mark; Enchelmaier, Petrina
Infancy, v13 n2 p185-195 Mar 2008
This experiment explored whether or not 2-year-olds would engage in synchronic imitation with human hands. Sixty-four 24-month-old infants participated. In a test of synchronic imitation, infants were given a toy while a model simultaneously performed novel actions on an identical toy. Infants were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 model conditions: a familiar person, an unfamiliar person, disembodied human hands, and disembodied robotic pincers. Infants were as likely to synchronically imitate disembodied hands as a person. Imitation of the pincers was significantly lower. This pattern suggests that 2-year-olds will engage socially with human hands in the absence of the rest of the body. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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