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Infants' reasoning about others' false perceptions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18999340     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Prior research suggests that children younger than age 3 or 4 do not understand that an agent may be deceived by an object's misleading appearance. The authors asked whether 14.5-month-olds would give evidence in a violation-of-expectation task that they understand that agents may form false perceptions. Infants first watched events in which an agent faced a stuffed skunk and a doll with blue pigtails; the agent consistently reached for the doll, suggesting that she preferred it over the skunk. Next, while the agent was absent, the doll was hidden in a plain box, and the skunk was hidden in a box with a tuft of blue hair protruding from under its lid. Infants expected the agent to be misled by the tuft's resemblance to the doll's hair and to falsely perceive it as belonging to the doll. These and other results indicate that 14.5-month-old infants can already reason about agents' false perceptions.
Authors:
Hyun-joo Song; Renée Baillargeon
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-12     Completed Date:  2009-02-02     Revised Date:  2013-03-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1789-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. hsong@yonsei.ac.kr
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Child Psychology*
Concept Formation*
Cues
Discrimination Learning
Female
Humans
Infant
Male
Pattern Recognition, Visual*
Perceptual Masking*
Personal Construct Theory*
Problem Solving*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD-021104/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD021104/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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