Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Standard

12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others. / Liszkowski, Ulf; Carpenter, Malinda; Striano, Tricia; Tomasello, Michael.

In: Journal of Cognition and Development, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2006, p. 173-187.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Harvard

Liszkowski, U, Carpenter, M, Striano, T & Tomasello, M 2006, '12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others', Journal of Cognition and Development, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 173-187. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327647jcd0702_2

APA

Liszkowski, U., Carpenter, M., Striano, T., & Tomasello, M. (2006). 12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others. Journal of Cognition and Development, 7(2), 173-187. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327647jcd0702_2

Vancouver

Liszkowski U, Carpenter M, Striano T, Tomasello M. 12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others. Journal of Cognition and Development. 2006;7(2):173-187. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327647jcd0702_2

Author

Liszkowski, Ulf ; Carpenter, Malinda ; Striano, Tricia ; Tomasello, Michael. / 12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others. In: Journal of Cognition and Development. 2006 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 173-187.

Bibtex - Download

@article{bd425ec9204a40e2970d7d03d2910419,
title = "12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others",
abstract = "Classically, infants are thought to point for 2 main reasons: (a) They point imperatively when they want an adult to do something for them (e.g., give them something; {"}Juice!{"}), and (b) they point declaratively when they want an adult to share attention with them to some interesting event or object ({"}Look!{"}). Here we demonstrate the existence of another motive for infants' early pointing gestures: to inform another person of the location of an object that person is searching for. This informative motive for pointing suggests that from very early in ontogeny humans conceive of others as intentional agents with informational states and they have the motivation to provide such information communicatively.",
keywords = "ATTENTION, 12-MONTH-OLDS, INFANTS",
author = "Ulf Liszkowski and Malinda Carpenter and Tricia Striano and Michael Tomasello",
year = "2006",
doi = "10.1207/s15327647jcd0702_2",
language = "English",
volume = "7",
pages = "173--187",
journal = "Journal of Cognition and Development",
issn = "1524-8372",
publisher = "Psychology Press Ltd",
number = "2",

}

RIS (suitable for import to EndNote) - Download

TY - JOUR

T1 - 12-and 18-month-olds point to provide information for others

AU - Liszkowski, Ulf

AU - Carpenter, Malinda

AU - Striano, Tricia

AU - Tomasello, Michael

PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - Classically, infants are thought to point for 2 main reasons: (a) They point imperatively when they want an adult to do something for them (e.g., give them something; "Juice!"), and (b) they point declaratively when they want an adult to share attention with them to some interesting event or object ("Look!"). Here we demonstrate the existence of another motive for infants' early pointing gestures: to inform another person of the location of an object that person is searching for. This informative motive for pointing suggests that from very early in ontogeny humans conceive of others as intentional agents with informational states and they have the motivation to provide such information communicatively.

AB - Classically, infants are thought to point for 2 main reasons: (a) They point imperatively when they want an adult to do something for them (e.g., give them something; "Juice!"), and (b) they point declaratively when they want an adult to share attention with them to some interesting event or object ("Look!"). Here we demonstrate the existence of another motive for infants' early pointing gestures: to inform another person of the location of an object that person is searching for. This informative motive for pointing suggests that from very early in ontogeny humans conceive of others as intentional agents with informational states and they have the motivation to provide such information communicatively.

KW - ATTENTION

KW - 12-MONTH-OLDS

KW - INFANTS

U2 - 10.1207/s15327647jcd0702_2

DO - 10.1207/s15327647jcd0702_2

M3 - Article

VL - 7

SP - 173

EP - 187

JO - Journal of Cognition and Development

JF - Journal of Cognition and Development

SN - 1524-8372

IS - 2

ER -

Related by author

  1. When does it pay to follow the crowd? Children optimize imitation of causally-irrelevant actions performed by a majority

    Evans, C. L., Burdett, E. R. R., Murray, K. & Carpenter, M., Dec 2021, In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 212, 105229.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Meeting the challenges of public engagement, research impact, and research participation as a baby and child lab

    Salter, G., Altdoerfer, T., Brown, G. & Carpenter, M., 18 Mar 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Research for All.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Young children share more under time pressure than after a delay

    Ploetner, M., Hepach, R., Over, H., Carpenter, M. & Tomasello, M., 16 Mar 2021, In: PLoS One. 16, 3, 10 p., e0248121.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Common knowledge that help is needed increases helping behavior in children

    Siposova, B., Grueneisen, S., Helming, K., Tomasello, M. & Carpenter, M., Jan 2021, In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 201, 104973.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. A new look at joint attention and common knowledge

    Siposova, B. & Carpenter, M., Aug 2019, In: Cognition. 189, p. 260-274 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. Two- and three-year-olds know what others have and have not heard

    Moll, H., Carpenter, M. & Tomasello, M., Aug 2014, In: Journal of Cognition and Development. 15, 1, p. 12-21

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Labels facilitate infants' comparison of action goals

    Gerson, S. & Woodward, A., 2014, In: Journal of Cognition and Development. 15, 2, p. 197-212

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. The Effect of Plausible Versus Implausible Balance Scale Feedback on the Expectancies of 3-to 4-Year-Old Children

    Schrauf, C., Call, J. & Pauen, S., 2011, In: Journal of Cognition and Development. 12, 4, p. 518-536 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Infants determine others' focus of attention by pragmatics and exclusion

    Moll, H., Koring, C., Carpenter, M. & Tomasello, M., 2006, In: Journal of Cognition and Development. 7, 3, p. 411-430

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

ID: 78732249

Top