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Does motionese influence motivation to select an object for manipulation?

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Description: The main purpose of this study was to investigate whether infants would physically select infant-directed (ID) demonstrated objects more often than adult-directed (AD) demonstrated objects. The study's second purpose was to investigate how much imitation infants produced after viewing the ID and AD demonstrations. Thirty-five 11- to 13-month-old infants viewed ID and AD demonstrations of four objects, followed by unguided play with each object. Infants did not select the ID-demonstrated objects more than AD-demonstrated objects, and regardless of demonstration style, they were poor imitators. Object salience and the video deficit effect are discussed as possible influences on infants' selection and imitative behaviors. Overall, the data do not support the researcher's hypotheses; however, appropriate modifications to this study's methodology may yield different results.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work