This research was supported by research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation to A.F. and from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation to S.W., as well as a Faculty Research Grant awarded by the Committee of Research from UCSC to S.W. We thank Shinchieh Duh, Alyssa Givenco, and Alexa Beaman for their help with data collection.
Mental Spatial Transformations in 14- and 16-Month-Old Infants: Effects of Action and Observational Experience
Version of Record online: 3 MAY 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child Development © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 85, Issue 1, pages 278–293, January/February 2014
How to Cite
Frick, A. and Wang, S.-h. (2014), Mental Spatial Transformations in 14- and 16-Month-Old Infants: Effects of Action and Observational Experience. Child Development, 85: 278–293. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12116
- Issue online: 3 FEB 2014
- Version of Record online: 3 MAY 2013
- Swiss National Science Foundation
- Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation
- Committee of Research
Infants' ability to mentally track the orientation of an object during a hidden rotation was investigated (N = 28 in each experiment). A toy on a turntable was fully covered and then rotated 90°. When revealed, the toy had turned with the turntable (probable event), remained at its starting orientation (improbable event in Experiment 1), or turned to the opposite side (improbable event in Experiment 2). Results demonstrated a developmental progression between 14 and 16 months of age in infants' sensitivity to spatial object relations and their ability to track the orientation of an object during hidden rotation. Experiment 3 showed that 14-month-olds' performance improved with hands-on training, highlighting the role of action experience in cognitive development.