6-month-olds and delayed actions: An early sign of an early explicit memory?
2004 (English)In: Cogniţie, Creier, Comportament/Cognition, Brain, Behavior, ISSN 1224-8398, Vol. VIII, no 3-4, 249-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In 1996 Barr, Dowden and Hayne reported that 6 month old infants imitate new actions with objects after a substantial delay. This is a finding in need of independent replications and the study reported here presents one such attempt. Forty-five 6 months old Swedish infants (22 girls) participated in the study. They were randomly assigned to either an experimental (n=30) or acontrol condition (n=15). The procedure replicates the method used by Barret al. with one exception: The imposed delay was 10 minutes instead of 24 hours. Overall it was found that the children in the imitation group displayed significantly more target acts than the children in the control group and it is concluded that infants are capable of using deferred imitation as means for learning new actions already at 6 months.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Presa Universitara Clujeana , 2004. Vol. VIII, no 3-4, 249-254 p.
deffered imitation, explicit memory, infancy
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81152OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81152DiVA: diva2:550897