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Understanding goal-directed human actions and physical causality: The role of mother-infant interaction.
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PMID:  23063850     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study addresses the relation between early cognitive development and mother-infant interaction. Infants at the age of 6 and 10 months recruited from labs in three European countries - Germany, Great Britain, and France - were tested on two cognitive tasks: understanding of goal-directed human action and physical causality. Mother-infant interaction was assessed with the CARE-Index. In the goal-directed action task, the overall sample of the 6-month olds did not yet reliably discriminate between an object-change and a path-change trial while a subsample of infants of modestly controlling mothers did. All infants at 10 months of age showed discrimination. In the physical causality task, the overall sample of the 6-month olds did not yet reliably discriminate between an expected and an unexpected launching event. At 10 months of age, the overall sample showed discrimination, due to the major subsample of infants of highly sensitive mothers. Our findings support the view that exogenous factors influence cognitive development within a particular time window, in highly specific ways, depending on the age of the subjects, the cognitive domain, and the quality of mother-infant interaction.
Annette Hohenberger; Mayada Elsabbagh; Josette Serres; Scania de Schoenen; Annette Karmiloff-Smith; Gisa Aschersleben
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  898-911     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Electronic address:
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