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The effect of weight distribution and previous experience on tool use training in infancy

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dc.contributor.advisor Needham, Amy
dc.contributor.author Borten, Ariel
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-17T19:40:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-17T19:40:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4824
dc.description.abstract Many different factors play a role in the development of an infant’s ability to use tools. A previous version of the current study examined active versus observational learning on an infant’s ability to be trained to use a novel tool to succeed in a test task. The results showed that both types of learning appeared to be equally effective. This follow-up study added a second factor to examine the effects of training when there is a characteristic about the tool that cannot be determined through visual observation. This time the novel tool had an unexpected weight distribution making the straight handle of the tool much heavier than the round handle. This study showed that the uneven weight distribution of the tool actually resulted in infants having a higher overall success rates during test than in the previous version of the study. This suggests that the uneven weight distribution may have focused infant’s attention on how they were holding the tool therefore increasing their ability to success on the test task. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences under the direction of Prof. Amy Needham en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject tool use en_US
dc.subject infancy en_US
dc.subject weight distribution en_US
dc.subject active or observational learning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Developmental psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tools en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Infants -- Development en_US
dc.title The effect of weight distribution and previous experience on tool use training in infancy en_US
dc.title.alternative Weight distribution on tool use training en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college Peabody College en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychology and Human Development en_US


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