Gaze, goals and growing up: effects on imitative grasping

Brubacher, Sonja P., Roberts, Kim P. and Obhi, Sukhvinder S. 2013, Gaze, goals and growing up: effects on imitative grasping, British journal of developmental psychology, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 318-333, doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12009.

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Title Gaze, goals and growing up: effects on imitative grasping
Author(s) Brubacher, Sonja P.
Roberts, Kim P.
Obhi, Sukhvinder S.
Journal name British journal of developmental psychology
Volume number 31
Issue number 3
Start page 318
End page 333
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 0261-510X
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Association Learning
Child Development
Child, Preschool
Functional Laterality
Hand Strength
Imitative Behavior
Pattern Recognition, Visual
Psychomotor Performance
Social Behavior
Video Recording
Young Adult
Summary Developmental differences in the use of social-attention cues to imitation were examined among children aged 3 and 6 years old (n = 58) and adults (n = 29). In each of 20 trials, participants watched a model grasp two objects simultaneously and move them together. On every trial, the model directed her gaze towards only one of the objects. Some object pairs were related and had a clear functional relationship (e.g., flower, vase), while others were functionally unrelated (e.g., cardboard square, ladybug). Owing to attentional effects of eye gaze, it was expected that all participants would more faithfully imitate the grasp on the gazed-at object than the object not gazed-at. Children were expected to imitate less faithfully on trials with functionally related objects than those without, due to goal-hierarchy effects. Results support effects of eye gaze on imitation of grasping. Children's grasping accuracy on functionally related and functionally unrelated trials was similar, but they were more likely to only use one hand on trials where the object pairs were functionally related than unrelated. Implications for theories of imitation are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/bjdp.12009
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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