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Inhibitory control interacts with core knowledge in toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object

Baker, ST, Gjersoe, NL, Sibielska-Woch, K, Leslie, AM and Hood, BM 2010, 'Inhibitory control interacts with core knowledge in toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object' , Developmental Science , pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

Core knowledge theories advocate the primacy of fundamental principles that constrain cognitive development from early infancy. However, there is concern that core knowledge of object properties does not constrain older preschoolers’ reasoning during manual search. Here we address in detail both failure and success on two well-established search measures that require reasoning about solidity. We show that poor performance arises from an inability to engage the appropriate search strategy rather than a simple failure of core knowledge. Moreover, we demonstrate that successful search is positively correlated with inhibitory control. We believe that toddlers’ manual search for an occluded object reflects a general capacity to deploy inhibition so that search behaviour can be guided by core knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Developmental Science
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1363755X
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 15:44
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12851

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