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ERIC Number: EJ938671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Effect of Narrative Cues on Infants' Imitation from Television and Picture Books
Simcock, Gabrielle; Garrity, Kara; Barr, Rachel
Child Development, v82 n5 p1607-1619 Sep-Oct 2011
Infants can imitate a novel action sequence from television and picture books, yet there has been no direct comparison of infants' imitation from the 2 types of media. Varying the narrative cues available during the demonstration and test, the current experiments measured 18- and 24-month-olds' imitation from television and picture books. Infants imitated from both media types when full narrative cues (Experiment 1; N = 76) or empty, meaningless narration (Experiment 2; N = 135) accompanied the demonstrations, but they imitated more from television than books. In Experiment 3 (N = 27), infants imitated from a book based on narration alone, without the presence of pictures. These results are discussed in relation to age-related changes in cognitive flexibility and infants' emerging symbolic understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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