Infants ’ Ability to Distinguish between Purposeful and Non-purposeful Behaviors

@inproceedings{Woodward1999InfantsA,
  title={Infants ’ Ability to Distinguish between Purposeful and Non-purposeful Behaviors},
  author={Amanda L. Woodward},
  year={1999}
}
Prior studies (Gergely et al., 1995; Woodward, 1998) have found that infants focus on the goals of an action over other details. The current studies tested whether infants would distinguish between a behavior that seemed to be goal-directed and one that seemed not to be. Infants in one condition saw an actor grasp one of two toys that sat side by side on a stage. Infants in the other condition saw the actor drop her hand onto one of the toys in a manner that looked unintentional. Once infants… CONTINUE READING