Infants' Ability to Parse Continuous Actions

Susan J Hespos, Megan M. Saylor, Stacy R. Grossman

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Abstract

In a series of 3 experiments, the authors examined 6- and 8-month-old infants' capacities to detect target actions in a continuous action sequence. In Experiment 1, infants were habituated to 2 different target actions and subsequently were presented with 2 continuous action sequences that either included or did not include the familiar target actions. Infants looked significantly longer at the sequences that were novel. Experiment 2 presented the habituation and test trials in the reverse order. The results showed that infants habituated to the sequence still showed reliable evidence of recognizing the target action during the test trials. Experiment 3 was comparable to Experiment 2, except it tested whether infants could detect a different event segment, namely the transitions between events. The results showed that infants did not discriminate between test trials suggesting that transitions between events are not as easy for infants to recognize.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-585
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

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Keywords

  • action parsing
  • event segmentation
  • infant cognition

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  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Hespos, Susan J ; Saylor, Megan M. ; Grossman, Stacy R. / Infants' Ability to Parse Continuous Actions. In: Developmental psychology. 2009 ; Vol. 45, No. 2. pp. 575-585.
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In: Developmental psychology, Vol. 45, No. 2, 01.03.2009, p. 575-585.

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