Learning to make things happen: Infants' observational learning of social and physical causal events.

@article{Waismeyer2017LearningTM,
  title={Learning to make things happen: Infants' observational learning of social and physical causal events.},
  author={Anna S Waismeyer and Andrew N. Meltzoff},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2017},
  volume={162},
  pages={
          58-71
        }
}
Infants learn about cause and effect through hands-on experience; however, they also can learn about causality simply from observation. Such observational causal learning is a central mechanism by which infants learn from and about other people. Across three experiments, we tested infants' observational causal learning of both social and physical causal events. Experiment 1 assessed infants' learning of a physical event in the absence of visible spatial contact between the causes and effects… CONTINUE READING
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