12-Month-Olds Produce Others' Intended but Unfulfilled Acts

Nielsen, Mark (2009) 12-Month-Olds Produce Others' Intended but Unfulfilled Acts. Infancy, 14 3: 377-389. doi:10.1080/15250000902840003


Author Nielsen, Mark
Title 12-Month-Olds Produce Others' Intended but Unfulfilled Acts
Journal name Infancy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7078
1525-0008
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15250000902840003
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 377
End page 389
Total pages 13
Editor Martha Ann Bell
Place of publication Philadelphia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
97 Expanding Knowledge
Abstract Following Meltzoff's (1995) behavioral reenactment paradigm, this study investigated the ability of 12-month-olds (N equals 44) to reproduce a model's attempted-but-failed actions on objects. Testing was conducted using a novel set of objects designed to enable young infants to readily identify the potential outcome of the model's actions. Infants who saw an adult's attempted-but-failed actions now produced her intended outcomes at an equivalent rate to infants who saw the model's completed acts, and significantly more so than infants who either observed an adult manipulating the test apparatus using nontarget actions or who did not see any actions demonstrated on the test apparatus. This result shows that, contrary to previous studies, 12-month-olds can produce the intended but unconsummated acts of others.
Formatted abstract
Following Meltzoff's (1995) behavioral reenactment paradigm, this study investigated the ability of 12-month-olds (N = 44) to reproduce a model's attempted-but-failed actions on objects. Testing was conducted using a novel set of objects designed to enable young infants to readily identify the potential outcome of the model's actions. Infants who saw an adult's attempted-but-failed actions now produced her intended outcomes at an equivalent rate to infants who saw the model's completed acts, and significantly more so than infants who either observed an adult manipulating the test apparatus using nontarget actions or who did not see any actions demonstrated on the test apparatus. This result shows that, contrary to previous studies, 12-month-olds can produce the intended but unconsummated acts of others.
Keyword INTENTIONAL ACTION
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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