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ERIC Number: EJ850486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Twelve-Month-Olds Point to Share Attention and Interest
Liszkowski, Ulf; Carpenter, Malinda; Henning, Anne; Striano, Tricia; Tomasello, Michael
Developmental Science, v7 n3 p297-307 Jun 2004
Infants point for various motives. Classically, one such motive is declarative, to share attention and interest with adults to events. Recently, some researchers have questioned whether infants have this motivation. In the current study, an adult reacted to 12-month-olds' pointing in different ways, and infants' responses were observed. Results showed that when the adult shared attention and interest (i.e. alternated gaze and emoted), infants pointed more frequently across trials and tended to prolong each point--presumably to prolong the satisfying interaction. However, when the adult emoted to the infant alone or looked only to the event, infants pointed less across trials and repeated points more within trials--presumably in an attempt to establish joint attention. Results suggest that 12-month-olds point declaratively and understand that others have psychological states that can be directed and shared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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