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 thP account are examined in changeblindness and teaching experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Perception
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutional Performance and Reform in Australia
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781351156271
ISBN (Print)9780815389545
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Explanation-based learning
  • Infant cognition;
  • Physical reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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