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ERIC Number: EJ849451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Cue Salience and Infant Perseverative Reaching: Tests of the Dynamic Field Theory
Clearfield, Melissa W.; Dineva, Evelina; Smith, Linda B.; Diedrich, Frederick J.; Thelen, Esther
Developmental Science, v12 n1 p26-40 Jan 2009
Skilled behavior requires a balance between previously successful behaviors and new behaviors appropriate to the present context. We describe a dynamic field model for understanding this balance in infant perseverative reaching. The model predictions are tested with regard to the interaction of two aspects of the typical perseverative reaching task: the visual cue indicating the target and the memory demand created by the delay imposed between cueing and reaching. The memory demand was manipulated by imposing either a 0- or a 3-second delay, and the salience of the cue to reach was systematically varied. Infants demonstrated fewer perseverative errors at 0-delay versus 3-second delay based on the cue salience, such that a more salient visual cue was necessary to overcome a longer delay. These results have important implications for understanding both the basic perceptual-motor processes that produce reaching in infants and skilled flexible behavior in general.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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