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Does causal action facilitate causal perception in infants younger than 6 months of age?
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PMID:  22251291     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Previous research has established that infants are unable to perceive causality until 6¼ months of age. The current experiments examined whether infants' ability to engage in causal action could facilitate causal perception prior to this age. In Experiment 1, 4½-month-olds were randomly assigned to engage in causal action experience via Velcro sticky mittens or not engage in causal action because they wore non-sticky mittens. Both groups were then tested in the visual habituation paradigm to assess their causal perception. Infants who engaged in causal action - but not those without this causal action experience - perceived the habituation events as causal. Experiment 2 used a similar design to establish that 4½-month-olds are unable to generalize their own causal action to causality observed in dissimilar objects. These data are the first to demonstrate that infants under 6 months of age can perceive causality, and have implications for the mechanisms underlying the development of causal perception.
David H Rakison; Lauren Krogh
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-01-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
. Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, USA . Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.
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