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Toys and social interaction between infant peers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  608374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Claims that young infants fail to react in a social manner to one another and that toys preempt attention to peers were assessed by comparing the interactions observed between infant peers when they met in the presence of toys versus in their absence. 44 pairs of unacquainted infants (either 10--12 or 22--24 months of age) came with their mothers to an unfamiliar room. Without toys available in the room, infants of both ages more often contacted one another, smiled at and gestured to one another, and duplicated each other's actions. With toys, they showed and exchanged toys and spent more time synchronously manipulating similar play material. The results document that infants as young as 10 months of age are responsive to the person and behavior of an unfamiliar peer and that they are no less responsive than older infants to the social versus nonsocial aspects of a novel setting.
C O Eckerman; J L Whatley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  1977 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-05-24     Completed Date:  1978-05-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1645-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Behavior*
Child, Preschool
Interpersonal Relations
Peer Group*
Play and Playthings*
Social Behavior*

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