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ERIC Number: EJ849116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Crawling is Associated with More Flexible Memory Retrieval by 9-Month-Old Infants
Herbert, Jane; Gross, Julien; Hayne, Harlene
Developmental Science, v10 n2 p183-189 Mar 2007
In the present experiment, we used a deferred imitation paradigm to explore the effect of crawling on memory retrieval by 9-month-old human infants. Infants observed an experimenter demonstrate a single target action with a novel object and their ability to reproduce that action was assessed after a 24-hr delay. Some infants were tested with the demonstration stimulus in the demonstration context and some infants were tested with a different stimulus in a different context. Half of the infants in each test condition were crawling at the time of participation and half were not. Both crawling and non-crawling infants exhibited retention when tested with the demonstration stimulus in the demonstration context, but only infants who were crawling by 9 months of age exhibited retention when tested with a different stimulus in a different context. These findings demonstrate that the onset of independent locomotion is associated with more flexible memory retrieval during the first year of life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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