Understanding goal-directed human actions and physical causality: The role of mother-infant interaction

2012-12-01
Hohenberger, Annette Edeltraud
Elsabbagh, Mayada
Serres, Josette
de Schoenen, Scania
Karmiloff-Smith, Annette
Aschersleben, Gisa
This study addresses the relation between early cognitive development and mother-infant interaction. Infants at the age of 6 and 10 months recruited from labs in three European countries - Germany, Great Britain, and France - were tested on two cognitive tasks: understanding of goal-directed human action and physical causality. Mother-infant interaction was assessed with the CARE-Index. In the goal-directed action task, the overall sample col the 6-month olds did not yet reliably discriminate between an object-change and a path change trial while a subsample of infants of modestly controlling mothers did. All infants ai 10 months of age showed discrimination. In the physical causality task, the overall sample of the 6-month olds did not yet reliably discriminate between an expected and an unexpected launching event. At 10 months of age, the overall sample showed discrimination due to the major subsample of infants of highly sensitive mothers. Our findings support the view that exogenous factors influence cognitive development within a particular time window, in highly specific ways, depending on the age of the subjects, the cognitive domain and the quality of mother-infant interaction. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
INFANT BEHAVIOR & DEVELOPMENT

Suggestions

The Understanding of nomativity and free will in games: a developmental study on 2- and 3- year old Turkish children
Tunçgenç, Bahar; Hohenberger, Annette Edeltraud; Department of Cognitive Sciences (2012)
This study investigated the understanding of normativity and free will from a developmental perspective. Being a new field of investigation, there is not much research conducted which points to different aspects of normativity. Current study, therefore, aimed to assess Turkish children’s normative development on a sample of 2 and 3 years old in the context of games. It was expected, first, that children would show more protest when there is a norm violation. Moreover, older children would show more normativ...
A Multilevel Investigation of Science Achievement: The Role of Learning Environment and Teacher Effectiveness
Yerdelen, Sündüs; Sungur, Semra (2017-08-25)
Contribution Social Cognitive Theory suggests that human functioning can be explained in terms of the reciprocal interactions between personal, behavioral, and environmental factors (Bandura, 1986). Among these factors, classroom learning environment is reported to have important role in students’ academic achievement (Fraser & Walberg, 1991, Walberg, 1981). Therefore, investigating the features of learning environment that positively affects students’ learning outcomes is crucial for improving instructiona...
The relationship among attachment style, affect regulation, psychological distress and mental construction of the relational world
Rugancı, Ruhsar Neslihan; Gençöz, Tülin; Department of Psychology (2008)
In this study interpersonal world of the individual was tried to be conceived with its cognitive and affective domain. Two Studies were carried out. In the first study, adaptation of the Difficulty of Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) developed by Gratz & Roemer (2004), into Turkish was carried out. Additionally, the relation of secure (Ss), dismissing (Ds), preoccupied (Ps), fearful (Fs) and mixed insecure attachment styles with emotion regulation, and the mediator role of the emotion regulation in the assoc...
The role of culture and self-construal in autobiographical memories of US and Turkish college students
Şahin Acar, Başak (Informa UK Limited, 2013-11-01)
This study examined memory variables both cross-culturally and across four cultural self-construal types. US (N=240) and Turkish (N=174) college students described their earliest childhood memory, and another significant childhood memory, and completed the Balanced Integration-Differentiation (BID) Scale (Imamoglu, 1998; 2003), which measured relatedness and individuation, and allowed for the classification of students into four different self-construal types (Related-Individuated, Separated-Individuated, R...
Towards linking affordances with mirror/canonical neurons
Şahin, Erol (2009-09-16)
The notion of affordances is often directly linked with studies on mirror and canonical neurons as well as studies that try to relate language. In our previous work, we had developed a formalization for the leaming, perception and use of affordances in autonomous robots. In this paper, we will present ideas on how this formatization can be used as a base to link affordances with mirror/canonical neuron studies. Specifically, we will review the studies on mirror and canonical neurons as well as studies on mo...
Citation Formats
A. E. Hohenberger, M. Elsabbagh, J. Serres, S. de Schoenen, A. Karmiloff-Smith, and G. Aschersleben, “Understanding goal-directed human actions and physical causality: The role of mother-infant interaction,” INFANT BEHAVIOR & DEVELOPMENT, pp. 898–911, 2012, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/55667.