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ERIC Number: EJ908346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Toddlers' Use of Cues in a Search Task
Keen, Rachel; Berthier, Neil; Sylvia, Monica R.; Butler, Samantha; Prunty, Patricia K.; Baker, Rachel K.
Infant and Child Development, v17 n3 p249-267 Jun 2008
Search for a ball that has undergone hidden motion rapidly improves during the second year of life ("Dev. Psychol.," 2000; 36:394-401). In three experiments we investigated whether the poor performance of younger toddlers was due to attentional failure by highlighting the major cue for the hidden object. We observed only slight improvement in search behaviour. We performed two other experiments that tested the depth of understanding of 3-year-olds in this task and found that their performance was robust to changes in the apparatus and experimental procedures. Overall, the results point to a rapidly developing ability in the second year of life to either reason about space or select the correct motor response in search tasks. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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