The nature of infants’ goal representation: commentary on Hernik and Southgate


Szilvia Bíró, Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands; e-mail:


This commentary article is to be published alongside: Hernik, M., & Southgate, V. (2012). Nine-months-old infants do not need to know what the agent prefers in order to reason about its goals: on the role of preference and persistence in infants’ goal-attribution. Developmental Science. doi/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01151.x