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ERIC Number: EJ823515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Infants' Reasoning about Others' False Perceptions
Song, Hyun-joo; Baillargeon, Renee
Developmental Psychology, v44 n6 p1789-1795 Nov 2008
Prior research suggests that children younger than age 3 or 4 do not understand that an agent may be deceived by an object's misleading appearance. The authors asked whether 14.5-month-olds would give evidence in a violation-of-expectation task that they understand that agents may form false perceptions. Infants first watched events in which an agent faced a stuffed skunk and a doll with blue pigtails; the agent consistently reached for the doll, suggesting that she preferred it over the skunk. Next, while the agent was absent, the doll was hidden in a plain box, and the skunk was hidden in a box with a tuft of blue hair protruding from under its lid. Infants expected the agent to be misled by the tuft's resemblance to the doll's hair and to falsely perceive it as belonging to the doll. These and other results indicate that 14.5-month-old infants can already reason about agents' false perceptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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