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ERIC Number: EJ911667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Infants Recognize Similar Goals across Dissimilar Actions Involving Object Manipulation
Olofson, Eric L.; Baldwin, Dare
Cognition, v118 n2 p258-264 Feb 2011
We investigated infants' ability to recognize the similarity between observed and implied goals when actions differed in surface-level motion details. In two experiments, 10- to 12-month-olds were habituated to an actor manipulating an object and then shown test actions in which the actor contacted the object with a novel hand configuration that implied a goal either similar or dissimilar to the habituation event. Infants in both experiments looked significantly longer at test actions depicting a novel implied goal, suggesting that infants glossed over some surface-level motion details and compared implied goals. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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