Learning from their own actions : the unique effect of producing actions on infants’ action understanding
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Prior research suggests that infants' action production affects their action understanding, but little is known about the aspects of motor experience that render these effects. In Study 1, the relative contributions of self-produced (n = 30) and observational (n = 30) action experience on 3-month-old infants' action understanding was assessed using a visual habituation paradigm. In Study 2, generalization of training to a new context was examined (n = 30). Results revealed a unique effect of active over observational experience. Furthermore, findings suggest that benefits of trained actions do not generalize broadly, at least following brief training.
Gerson , S & Woodward , A 2014 , ' Learning from their own actions : the unique effect of producing actions on infants’ action understanding ' Child Development , vol 85 , no. 1 , pp. 264-277 . DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12115
© 2013 The Authors. Child Development © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc. This is the accepted version of the following article: Gerson, S. A. and Woodward, A. L. (2014), Learning From Their Own Actions: The Unique Effect of Producing Actions on Infants' Action Understanding. Child Development, 85: 264–277, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12115/full
This work was funded by two grants to the second author (R01 HD35707 and P01HD064653)
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