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Infants' perseverative search errors are induced by pragmatic misinterpretation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18818358     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Having repeatedly retrieved an object from a location, human infants tend to search the same place even when they observe the object being hidden at another location. This perseverative error is usually explained by infants' inability to inhibit a previously rewarded search response or to recall the new location. We show that the tendency to commit this error is substantially reduced (from 81 to 41%) when the object is hidden in front of 10-month-old infants without the experimenter using the communicative cues that normally accompany object hiding in this task. We suggest that this improvement is due to an interpretive bias that normally helps infants learn from demonstrations but misleads them in the context of a hiding game. Our finding provides an alternative theoretical perspective on the nature of infants' perseverative search errors.
József Topál; György Gergely; Adám Miklósi; Agnes Erdohegyi; Gergely Csibra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  321     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-26     Completed Date:  2008-10-06     Revised Date:  2014-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1831-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Concept Formation
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Mental Recall
Grant Support
G9715587//Medical Research Council
Comment In:
Science. 2009 Sep 25;325(5948):1624; author reply 1624   [PMID:  19779175 ]

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