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Twelve-month-old infants interpret action in context.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11228848     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two experiments assessed infants' understanding that actions that occur in sequence may be related to an overarching goal. Experiment 1 tested whether embedding an ambiguous action (touching the lid of a box) in a sequence that culminated with an action infants readily construe as goal-directed (grasping a toy inside the box) would alter infants' construal of the ambiguous action. Having seen the ambiguous action in this context, infants later construed this action in isolation as being directed at the toy within the box. Experiment 2 tested whether infants related the two actions on the basis of the temporal or the causal relation between them. When the causal relation was disrupted but the temporal relation was preserved, infants no longer related the two actions. These findings indicate that 12-month-old infants relate single actions to overarching goals and that they do so by construing goal-directed action in a causal framework.
A L Woodward; J A Sommerville
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological science     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0956-7976     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Sci     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-02     Completed Date:  2001-03-15     Revised Date:  2011-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007542     Medline TA:  Psychol Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, 5848 South University Ave., Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development
Depth Perception*
Mental Processes*
Motor Skills
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