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ERIC Number: EJ877729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Not Doing What You Are Told: Early Perseverative Errors in Updating Mental Representations via Language
Ganea, Patricia A.; Harris, Paul L.
Child Development, v81 n2 p457-463 Mar-Apr 2010
This research examined the ability of young (N = 96) children to learn about a change in the location of a hidden object, either via an adult's verbal testimony or from direct observation. Thirty-month-olds searched with equal accuracy whether they were told about the change or directly observed it. By contrast, when 23-month-olds were told about the change of location, they often returned to the container where they had last observed the object--even when that container was visibly empty. When interference from prior observational encoding was minimized, 23-month-olds, and even 19-month-olds, successfully updated their knowledge of the object's location on the basis of language. The processing demands of updating experience-based representations from new verbal information are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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