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Place versus response as the basis of spatial errors made by young infants.

Bremner, J. Gavin and Bryant, Peter E. (1977) Place versus response as the basis of spatial errors made by young infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 23 (1). pp. 162-171. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

Nine-month-old infants search successfully for an object which they have seen hidden in one position, but they frequently continue to search for it there after observing it being hidden in a new position. This error can be explained in terms either of egocentric response perseveration or of perseveration to a particular place in space. In order to distinguish between these hypotheses, 80 infants were presented with a problem consisting of several different conditions which separated response, position on a table, and absolute spatial position as factors leading to errors in search for hidden objects. The results strongly support the egocentric response hypothesis. The reason for this response perseveration strategy is discussed in terms of the lack of active experience of spatial displacements among 9-month-old infants.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 54051
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 May 2012 09:41
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54051

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