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Crawling is associated with more flexible memory retrieval by 9-month-old infants

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In the present experiment, we used a deferred imitation paradigm to explore the effect of crawling on memory retrieval by 9-month-old human infants. Infants observed an experimenter demonstrate a single target action with a novel object and their ability to reproduce that action was assessed after a 24-hr delay. Some infants were tested with the demonstration stimulus in the demonstration context and some infants were tested with a different stimulus in a different context. Half of the infants in each test condition were crawling at the time of participation and half were not. Both crawling and non-crawling infants exhibited retention when tested with the demonstration stimulus in the demonstration context, but only infants who were crawling by 9 months of age exhibited retention when tested with a different stimulus in a different context. These findings demonstrate that the onset of independent locomotion is associated with more flexible memory retrieval during the first year of life. © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Herbert, J., Gross, J., & Hayne, H. (2007). Crawling is associated with more flexible memory retrieval by 9-month-old infants. Developmental Science, 10(2), 183-189. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00548.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33846672668

Start Page


  • 183

End Page


  • 189

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • In the present experiment, we used a deferred imitation paradigm to explore the effect of crawling on memory retrieval by 9-month-old human infants. Infants observed an experimenter demonstrate a single target action with a novel object and their ability to reproduce that action was assessed after a 24-hr delay. Some infants were tested with the demonstration stimulus in the demonstration context and some infants were tested with a different stimulus in a different context. Half of the infants in each test condition were crawling at the time of participation and half were not. Both crawling and non-crawling infants exhibited retention when tested with the demonstration stimulus in the demonstration context, but only infants who were crawling by 9 months of age exhibited retention when tested with a different stimulus in a different context. These findings demonstrate that the onset of independent locomotion is associated with more flexible memory retrieval during the first year of life. © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Herbert, J., Gross, J., & Hayne, H. (2007). Crawling is associated with more flexible memory retrieval by 9-month-old infants. Developmental Science, 10(2), 183-189. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00548.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33846672668

Start Page


  • 183

End Page


  • 189

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2