ERIC Number: EJ934776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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"Let's Work Together": What Do Infants Understand about Collaborative Goals?
Henderson, Annette M. E.; Woodward, Amanda L.
Cognition, v121 n1 p12-21 Oct 2011
Collaboration is fundamental to our daily lives, yet little is known about how humans come to understand these activities. The present research was conducted to fill this void by using a novel visual habituation paradigm to investigate infants' understanding of the collaborative-goal structure of collaborative action. The findings of the three experiments reported here suggest that 14-month-old infants understand that the actions of collaborative partners are complementary and critical to the attainment of a common collaborative goal. Importantly, 14-month-olds do not interpret the actions of two individuals in terms of a collaborative goal when their actions are not causally related. The implications of our findings for theories of collaboration and folk psychology are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Infants, Cooperation, Cognitive Development, Goal Orientation, Habituation, Attribution Theory, Cognitive Processes
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