Infants' physical world

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Investigations of infants' physical world over the past 20 years have revealed two main findings. First, even very young infants possess expectations about physical events. Second, these expectations undergo significant developments during the first year of life, as infants form event categories, such as occlusion, containment, and covering events, and identify the variables relevant for predicting outcomes in each category. A new account of infants' physical reasoning integrates these findings. Predictions from the account are examined in change-blindness and teaching experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Explanation-based learning
  • Infant cognition
  • Physical reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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