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Learning from their own actions: the unique effect of producing actions on infants’ action understanding

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Sarah Gerson, Amanda Woodward

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Prior research suggests that infants' action production affects their action understanding, but little is known about the aspects of motor experience that render these effects. In Study 1, the relative contributions of self-produced (n = 30) and observational (n = 30) action experience on 3-month-old infants' action understanding was assessed using a visual habituation paradigm. In Study 2, generalization of training to a new context was examined (n = 30). Results revealed a unique effect of active over observational experience. Furthermore, findings suggest that benefits of trained actions do not generalize broadly, at least following brief training.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-277
JournalChild Development
Volume85
Issue number1
Early online date3 May 2013
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StatePublished - Feb 2014

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