Comment on "Infants' Perseverative Search Errors Are Induced by Pragmatic Misinterpretation"

J. P. Spencer, E. Dineva, L. B. Smith

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Topál et al. (Reports, 26 September 2008, p. 1831) proposed that infants' perseverative search errors can be explained by ostensive cues from the experimenter. We use the dynamic field theory to test the proposal that infants encode locations more weakly when social cues are present. Quantitative simulations show that this account explains infants' performance without recourse to the theory of natural pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1624
Number of pages1
Issue number5948
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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