ERIC Number: EJ940085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
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Infants' Knowledge of the Path that Animals Take to Reach a Goal
Rakison, David H.; Cicchino, Jessica B.; Hahn, Erin R.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v25 n3 p461-470 Sep 2007
Two experiments with the inductive generalization procedure tested whether 16- and 20-month-old infants understand that animals and not vehicles follow a rational path to reach a goal. Infants were tested with four different events and the model exemplar was either an animal or ambiguous block. Results showed that infants at 20 months of age, but not those at 16 months of age, understand that animals follow rational paths to reach a goal. However, 20-month-olds require the presence of static perceptual cues to apply a teleological interpretation to animals' actions.
Descriptors: Animals, Cues, Infants, Experiments, Developmental Psychology, Tests, Perception, Objectives, Age Differences, Models, Interpretive Skills, Science Education
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