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Active experience shapes 10-month-old infants' understanding of collaborative goals.
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PMID:  23304074     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Collaborative activities in which individuals coordinate their actions to attain a common goal play a fundamental role in our everyday lives. Evidence suggests that infants engage in collaborative activities before their first birthday, however little is known about infants' understanding of collaborative action. Using a visual habituation paradigm, this research consists of two experiments designed to investigate whether 10-month-olds understand that the actions of collaborative partners are critical to the attainment of a common goal. The results of Experiment 1 suggest that 10-month-olds represent the actions of collaborating partners in terms of a common collaborative goal only after receiving active experience with a collaborative activity. Experiment 2 demonstrated that infants who received active experience with a collaborative activity viewed active engagement in a collaboration as being critical for an individual's actions to be interpreted as being directed towards a collaborative goal. Together, these findings demonstrate that 10-month-olds exhibit an understanding of the shared nature of collaborative goals after a highly salient experience with the activity. Identifying the effects of experience on infants' understanding of collaborative goals in a laboratory context provides insights into the role that experiences in their everyday lives might play in their understanding of collaboration.
Annette M E Henderson; Ying Wang; Lauren Eisenband Matz; Amanda L Woodward
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Title:  Infancy : the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1525-0008     ISO Abbreviation:  Infancy     Publication Date:  2013 1 
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Created Date:  2013-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100890607     Medline TA:  Infancy     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  10-39     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Auckland, New Zealand ; University of Maryland, MD, USA.
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