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Twelve-month-olds' understanding of intention transfer through communication.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23029427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Do infants understand that intention can be transferred through communication? We answered this question by examining 12-month-olds' looking times in a violation-of-expectation paradigm with two human agents. In familiarization, the non-acting agent spoke, clapped her hands, read aloud a book, or remained silent before the acting agent grasped one (the target) of two objects. During test only the non-actor remained, grasping either the target or distractor. The infants looked longer in the distractor than target condition, suggesting violation of expectation, only if the non-actor had spoken or clapped in familiarization. Because the non-actor never had grasped any of the objects in familiarization, the infants' expectation on her behavior could have developed from the understanding that her intention was transferred to the actor, who executed it by grasping the target in familiarization, via speaking and clapping as acts of communication (but not reading aloud and remaining silent).
Him Cheung; Wen Xiao; Ching Man Lai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-09-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  PloS one     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1932-6203     ISO Abbreviation:  PLoS ONE     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  2013-02-21     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101285081     Medline TA:  PLoS One     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e46168     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China.
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MeSH Terms
Attention / physiology
Auditory Perception / physiology
Cognition / physiology
Comprehension / physiology*
Infant Behavior / physiology*,  psychology
Transfer (Psychology) / physiology*
Visual Perception / physiology

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