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ERIC Number: EJ828315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Signs of Pretense across Age and Scenario
Lillard, Angeline; Nishida, Tracy; Massaro, Davide; Vaish, Amrisha; Ma, Lili; McRoberts, Gerald
Infancy, v11 n1 p1-30 Feb 2007
Participation in imagined worlds is a hallmark of the human species, and yet we know little about the context of its early emergence. The experiments reported here replicated and extended in 2 directions Lillard and Witherington's (2004) study of how mothers pretend to have snacks, across different ages of children (15- to 24-month-olds, Experiment 1) and to a different scenario (personal grooming, Experiment 2). Mothers' pretend behaviors changed little as infants aged, but there were some scenario differences. Most striking in this research was the consistency with which particular maternal pretend behaviors were associated with children engaging in pretense behaviors and smiling. The findings are discussed with reference to the child's emerging skills in joint attention and social referencing. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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