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On the origin of the understanding of time, speed, and distance interrelations


Möhring, W; Cacchione, T; Bertin, E (2012). On the origin of the understanding of time, speed, and distance interrelations. Infant behavior & development, 35(1):22-28.

Abstract

We examined 18- and 24-month-old infants' sensitivity to the functional relationships between time, speed, and distance. The task included a train moving first visibly and then into a tunnel. The movement of the train was always accompanied by a train-characteristic sound signalling the travel duration. After the train concluded its travel, infants were requested to search for it in two possible locations inside the tunnel. Infants' reaching and head turn behavior indicated that 24-month-olds were sensitive to time-speed-distance interrelations, while 18-month-olds showed no such understanding. Reducing occlusion duration (by shortening the tunnel's length) revealed an increase in 18-month-olds' reaching and anticipatory head turns. Results are discussed in terms of the developmental course of the understanding of time-speed-distance interrelations and the strength of infants' representations.

We examined 18- and 24-month-old infants' sensitivity to the functional relationships between time, speed, and distance. The task included a train moving first visibly and then into a tunnel. The movement of the train was always accompanied by a train-characteristic sound signalling the travel duration. After the train concluded its travel, infants were requested to search for it in two possible locations inside the tunnel. Infants' reaching and head turn behavior indicated that 24-month-olds were sensitive to time-speed-distance interrelations, while 18-month-olds showed no such understanding. Reducing occlusion duration (by shortening the tunnel's length) revealed an increase in 18-month-olds' reaching and anticipatory head turns. Results are discussed in terms of the developmental course of the understanding of time-speed-distance interrelations and the strength of infants' representations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:07 Feb 2012 13:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:34
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1934-8800
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2011.09.008
PubMed ID:22018826

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