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Is agency skin-deep? Surface attributes influence infants' sensitivity to goal-directed action

dc.contributor.authorGuajardo, J. J.
dc.contributor.authorWoodward, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T20:13:13Z
dc.date.available2007-03-23T20:13:13Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.citationGuajardo, J. J., & Woodward, A. L. (2004). Is agency skin-deep? Surface attributes influence infants' sensitivity to goal-directed action, Infancy , 6, 361-384.en
dc.identifier.issn1525-0008
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/4346
dc.description.abstractThree studies investigated the role of surface attributes in infants’ identification of agents, using a habituation paradigm designed to tap infants’ interpretation of grasping as goal directed (Woodward, 1998). When they viewed a bare human hand grasping objects, 7- and 12-month-old infants focused on the relation between the hand and its goal. When the surface properties of the hand were obscured by a glove, however, neither 7- nor 12-month-old infants represented its actions as goal directed (Study 1). Next, infants were shown that the gloved hands were part of a person either prior to (Study 2) or during (Study 3) the habituation procedure. Infants who actively monitored the gloved person in Study 2 and older infants in Study 3 interpreted the gloved reaches as goal directed. Thus, varying the extent to which an entity is identifiable as a person impacts infants’ interpretation of the entity as an agent.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.en
dc.subjectinfantsen
dc.subjecthabituationen
dc.subjectsurface attributesen
dc.subjectgoal-directed graspingen
dc.subjectinfant developmenten
dc.titleIs agency skin-deep? Surface attributes influence infants' sensitivity to goal-directed actionen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Behavioral & Social Sciencesen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtPsychologyen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_us
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