Young children's tool innovation across culture: Affordance visibility matters

Neldner, Karri, Mushin, Ilana and Nielsen, Mark (2017) Young children's tool innovation across culture: Affordance visibility matters. Cognition, 168 335-343. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.07.015

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Author Neldner, Karri
Mushin, Ilana
Nielsen, Mark
Title Young children's tool innovation across culture: Affordance visibility matters
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-0277
1873-7838
Publication date 2017-11-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.07.015
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 168
Start page 335
End page 343
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
1203 Language and Linguistics
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
Abstract Young children typically demonstrate low rates of tool innovation. However, previous studies have limited children’s performance by presenting tools with opaque affordances. In an attempt to scaffold children’s understanding of what constitutes an appropriate tool within an innovation task we compared tools in which the focal affordance was visible to those in which it was opaque. To evaluate possible cultural specificity, data collection was undertaken in a Western urban population and a remote Indigenous community. As expected affordance visibility altered innovation rates: young children were more likely to innovate on a tool that had visible affordances than one with concealed affordances. Furthermore, innovation rates were higher than those reported in previous innovation studies. Cultural background did not affect children’s rates of tool innovation. It is suggested that new methods for testing tool innovation in children must be developed in order to broaden our knowledge of young children’s tool innovation capabilities.
Keyword Cross-cultural
Tool manufacture
Tool innovation
Innovation
Affordance
Cognitive development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP140101410
Institutional Status UQ

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