Preschoolers search for hidden objects

Jeffrey M. Haddad, Yuping Chen, Rachel Keen
2011 Journal of Experimental Child Psychology  
The issue of whether young children use spatio-temporal information (e.g., movement of objects through time and space) and / or contact-mechanical information (e.g., interaction between objects) to search for a hidden object was investigated. To determine if one cue can have priority over the other, a dynamic event was created that put these cues into conflict, with only spatiotemporal information being valid. Three-year-olds were found to use the valid spatio-temporal cue exclusively, and
more » ... d to ignore the contact mechanical cue. Both search behavior and eyetracking during the event support the view of a sophisticated sensitivity to the validity of a cue in indicating a target's hidden location.
doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2010.12.004 pmid:21238978 pmcid:PMC3073664 fatcat:yukwusry3betlor5dvxhij4wmu