Learning about tools in infancy.

  title={Learning about tools in infancy.},
  author={Tracy M Barrett and Evan F Davis and Amy Needham},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={43 2},
These experiments explored the role of prior experience in 12- to 18-month-old infants' tool-directed actions. In Experiment 1, infants' use of a familiar tool (spoon) to accomplish a novel task (turning on lights inside a box) was examined. Infants tended to grasp the spoon by its handle even when doing so made solving the task impossible (the bowl did not fit through the hole in the box, but the handle did) and even though the experimenter demonstrated a bowl-grasp. In contrast, infants used… CONTINUE READING

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