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Investigating Motionese: The Impact of Infant-Directed Action on Infants' Preference and Learning

Koterba, Erin A. (2006) Investigating Motionese: The Impact of Infant-Directed Action on Infants' Preference and Learning. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Adults often modify their speech, gesture, sign language, and action when interacting with infants relative to adults. Some of these forms of infant-directed communication have been tied to infant preferences and learning, but infant-directed action has yet to be investigated. The purpose of the present study was to test whether infant-directed action impacts infants' preferences and learning. Forty-eight 8 to 10 month old infants and their caregivers participated in a laboratory session during which caregivers demonstrated stimuli to infants using infant-directed action or a static presentation. Infants' preferences were investigated through touches and looks to stimuli. Results indicate that infants appear to prefer infant-directed action and make stimulus-action associations, indicating that infant-directed action is indeed parallel to other forms of infant-directed communication.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Koterba, Erin A.eaw23@pitt.eduEAW23
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairIverson, Janajiverson@pitt.eduJIVERSON
Committee MemberBrownell, Celiabrownell@pitt.eduBROWNELL
Committee MemberStrauss, Markstrauss@pitt.eduSTRAUSS
Date: 28 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 6 July 2006
Approval Date: 28 September 2006
Submission Date: 8 August 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: motionese; parent-child communication
Other ID:, etd-08082006-162723
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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