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The relation between infants' perception of catchableness and the control of catching.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18194016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors studied how infants come to perceive and act adaptively by presenting 35 three- to nine-month-olds with balls that approached at various speeds according to a staircase procedure. They determined whether infants attempted to reach for the ball and whether they were successful (i.e., contacted the ball). In addition, the time and distance of the ball at the onset of the catching movements were measured for the successful interceptions. The authors found that not only catching skill but also the perceptual judgments of the catchableness improved with age; infants started to take their catching ability into account when judging whether a ball was catchable. Moreover, the authors observed that infants who made imprecise perceptual judgments were more likely to use a distance control strategy, whereas infants who made accurate perceptual judgments were more likely to use the more adaptive time strategy to control the catching movements. They conclude that the present study supports the proposal that, even in prelocomotor infants, the development of perception is intricately linked to or constrained by development in the visual control of action.
Paulion van Hof; John van der Kamp; Geert J P Savelsbergh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-15     Completed Date:  2008-02-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  182-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright (c) 2008 APA.
Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child Development / physiology*
Hand Strength / physiology*
Infant Behavior / physiology*,  psychology
Infant, Newborn
Motion Perception / physiology
Motor Skills / physiology
Movement / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Visual Perception / physiology

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