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Understanding attention: 12- and 18-month-olds know what is new for other persons.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental psychology
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
5
Pages
906–912
Identifiers
PMID: 12952402
Source
Medline

Abstract

Infants at 12 and 18 months of age played with 2 adults and 2 new toys. For a 3rd toy, however, 1 of the adults left the room while the child and the other adult played with it. This adult then returned, looked at all 3 toys aligned on a tray, showed great excitement ("Wow! Cool!"), and then asked, "Can you give it to me?' To retrieve the toy the adult wanted, infants had to (a) know that people attend to and get excited about new things and (b) identify what was new for the adult even though it was not new for them. Infants at both ages did this successfully, lending support to the hypothesis that 1-year-old infants possess a genuine understanding of other persons as intentional and attentional agents.

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