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Touching up mental rotation: Effects of manual experience on 6-month-old infants' mental object rotation

Möhring, Wenke and Frick, Andrea. (2013) Touching up mental rotation: Effects of manual experience on 6-month-old infants' mental object rotation. Child Development, 84 (5). pp. 1554-1565.

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Abstract

In this study, 6-month-olds' ability to mentally rotate objects was investigated using the violation-of-expectation paradigm. Forty infants watched an asymmetric object being moved straight down behind an occluder. When the occluder was lowered, it revealed the original object (possible) or its mirror image (impossible) in one of five orientations. Whereas half of the infants were allowed to manually explore the object prior to testing, the other half was only allowed to observe the object. Results showed that infants with prior hands-on experience looked significantly longer at the mirror image, while infants with observational experience did not discriminate between test events. These findings demonstrate that 6-month-olds' mental rotations benefit from manual exploration, highlighting the importance of motor experience for cognitive performance.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
UniBasel Contributors:Möhring, Wenke
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0009-3920
e-ISSN:1467-8624
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:30 Nov 2017 12:55
Deposited On:30 Nov 2017 12:55

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