Transitive inference of social dominance by human infants.

@article{Gazes2017TransitiveIO,
  title={Transitive inference of social dominance by human infants.},
  author={Regina Paxton Gazes and Robert Russell Hampton and Stella F. Lourenco},
  journal={Developmental science},
  year={2017},
  volume={20 2}
}
It is surprising that there are inconsistent findings of transitive inference (TI) in young infants given that non-linguistic species succeed on TI tests. To conclusively test for TI in infants, we developed a task within the social domain, with which infants are known to show sophistication. We familiarized 10- to 13-month-olds (M = 11.53 months) to a video of two dominance interactions between three puppets (bear > elephant; hippo > bear) consistent with a dominance hierarchy (hippo > bear… CONTINUE READING
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