Secret Agents: Inferences About Hidden Causes by 10- and 12-Month-Old Infants

TitleSecret Agents: Inferences About Hidden Causes by 10- and 12-Month-Old Infants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsSaxe, R., Tenenbaum J. B., & Carey S.
JournalPsychological Science
Volume16
Issue12
Pagination995 - 1001
Date Published12/2005
ISSN0956-7976
Abstract

Considerable evidence indicates that preverbal infants expect that only physical contact can cause an inanimate object to move. However, very few studies have investigated infants' expectations about the source of causal power. In three experiments, we found that (a) 10- and 12-month-old infants expect a human hand, and not an inanimate object, to be the primary cause of an inanimate object's motion; (b) infants' expectations can lead them to infer a hidden causal agent without any direct perceptual evidence; and (c) infants do not infer a hidden causal agent if the moving object was previously shown to be capable of self-generated motion.

URLhttp://pss.sagepub.com/lookup/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2005.01649.x
DOI10.1111/j.1467-9280.2005.01649.x
Short TitlePsychological Science

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