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Volume 2 Issue 3 (September 1984), Pages 191-286

Correlates of manipulative latency in infancy: A naturalistic study of manipulative inhibition in an interactive setting (pages 243-250)

Experimental studies have shown that manipulative inhibition becomes differentiated with respect to stimulus novelty from the last quarter of the first year. The study described here employed this response in an effort to understand infants' processing of mothers' actions with objects in an interactive setting. The findings gave rise to two main interpretations. First, at 9 months, infants process mothers' actions with objects in terms of stimulus changes (novel information) brought about in an object previously experienced in a stationary state. Second, at 16 months, infants appear to be accommodating to the duration of the mother's manipulation of an object, and this may compensate for retrieving from memory object‐specific actions previously performed or encountered (as suggested by the temporal patterning of manipulative inhibition when the infant manipulates objects independently of the mother).

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