ERIC Number: EJ818717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 113
Postural and Object-Oriented Experiences Advance Early Reaching, Object Exploration, and Means-End Behavior
Lobo, Michele A.; Galloway, James C.
Child Development, v79 n6 p1869-1890 Nov-Dec 2008
The effects of 3 weeks of social (control), postural, or object-oriented experiences on 9- to 21-week-old infants' (N = 42) reaching, exploration, and means-end behaviors were assessed. Coders recorded object contacts, mouthing, fingering, attention, and affect from video. Postural and object-oriented experiences advanced reaching, haptic exploration of objects, and developing means-end behavior compared to social experience. Object-oriented experience best-advanced means-end behavior. The results suggest that the development of novel behaviors is dependent on multiple subsystems and can be similarly advanced by addressing a variety of these subsystems. They also suggest that past experiences with active object exploration can facilitate early information processing and the development of early knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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