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Inhibitory control interacts with core knowledge in toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object

Baker, Sara T.; Gjersoe, Nathalia L.; Sibielska-Woch, Kasia; Leslie, Alan M. and Hood, Bruce M. (2011). Inhibitory control interacts with core knowledge in toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object. Developmental Science, 14(2) pp. 270–279.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2010.00972.x
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Abstract

Core knowledge theories advocate the primacy of fundamental principles that constrain cognitive development from early infancy. However, there is concern that core knowledge of object properties does not constrain older preschoolers’ reasoning during manual search. Here we address in detail both failure and success on two well-established search measures that require reasoning about solidity. We show that poor performance arises from an inability to engage the appropriate search strategy rather than a simple failure of core knowledge. Moreover, we demonstrate that successful search is positively correlated with inhibitory control. We believe that toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object reflects a general capacity to deploy inhibition so that search behaviour can be guided by core knowledge.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1363-755X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC
Not SetNot SetNational Science Foundation
Keywords: inhibition, solidity, toddlers, cognitive development
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 35134
Depositing User: Nathalia Gjersoe
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2014 04:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/35134
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