Toddlers' categorization of typical and scrambled dolls and cars

Heron, Michelle and Slaughter, Virginia (2008) Toddlers' categorization of typical and scrambled dolls and cars. Infant Behavior and Development, 31 3: 374-385. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.12.017

Author Heron, Michelle
Slaughter, Virginia
Title Toddlers' categorization of typical and scrambled dolls and cars
Journal name Infant Behavior and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0163-6383
Publication date 2008-09-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.12.017
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 374
End page 385
Total pages 12
Editor G. Savelsbergh
Place of publication New York , U.S.A.
Publisher Elsevier Science
Language eng
Subject C1
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Previous research has demonstrated discrimination of scrambled from typical human body shapes at 15–18 months of age [Slaughter, V., & Heron, M. (2004). Origins and early development of human body knowledge. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 69]. In the current study 18-, 24- and 30-month-old infants were presented with four typical and four scrambled dolls in a sequential touching procedure, to assess the development of explicit categorization of human body shapes. Infants were also presented with typical and scrambled cars, allowing comparison of infants’ categorization of scrambled and typical exemplars in a different domain. Spontaneous comments regarding category membership were recorded. Girls categorized dolls and cars as typical or scrambled at 30 months, whereas boys only categorized the cars. Earliest categorization was for typical and scrambled cars, at 24 months, but only for boys. Language-based knowledge, coded from infants’ comments, followed the same pattern. This suggests that human body knowledge does not have privileged status in infancy. Gender differences in performance are discussed.
Keyword Sequential touching
Human body
Gender differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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