How Do Infants Reason about Physical Events

Renée Baillargeon, Jie Li, Yael Gertner, Di Wu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)9781405191166
StatePublished - Jul 15 2010


  • Alternative approaches - exploring young infants' physical knowledge
  • Identification of a variable, depending on an explanation-based learning (EBL) process - involving three main steps
  • Infancy, the origins of cognitive development
  • Infants and how they reason about physical events
  • Looking-time task - violation of expectation (VOE) task
  • Object-tracking (OT) system, assigning an index to each object - based on available spatio-temporal information
  • Piaget's conclusions, that young infants possess little or no knowledge - about the physical world being accepted
  • Piaget, systematically investigating - development of infants' physical knowledge
  • Second wave and developmental patterns
  • Third wave - account of infants' physical reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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