Understanding Object Permanence in Young Children Term Paper by ABCs

Understanding Object Permanence in Young Children
An examination of the nature of the contradictory evidence with regards to the understanding of object permanence in infants and toddlers.
# 113103 | 795 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 18, 2009 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper discusses the contradictory nature of research involving very young children and their knowledge of visual events that are physically impossible versus possible. It specifically looks at research regarding object permanence, object height and object width in the understanding of infants and toddlers. The paper shows how the apparent contradiction of these tests have significant implications for child psychology and development.

From the Paper:

"Research regarding object permanence and other, object height, and object width in infants and toddlers has consistently baffled researchers. While infants have suggested that they recognize an object's ability to exist when not visible, toddlers have shown confusion in grasping the same subject. If the results obtained by these studies are, indeed, correct, they will have shocking implications for the world of child psychology and child development. In order to further research the phenomenon, students must determine whether or not the results of the previous experiments were due to error and conduct a series of experiments that will monitor infants as they grow into toddlers, pinpointing the moment of skill loss. By following this proposal, researchers and scientists will be able to understand the cause of these bizarre results."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baillargeon, Renee and DeVos, Julie. (1991). Object Permanence in Young Infants: Further Evidence. Child Development. 62 (6), 1227-1246.
  • Baillargeon, Renee and Aguiar, Andrea. (1998). Eight-and-a-Half-Month-Old-Infants'-Reasoning About Containment Evens. Child Development. 69(3), 636-653.
  • Hood, Bruce, Carey, Susan, and Prasada Sandeep. Predicting the Outcomes of Physical Events: Two-Year-Olds Fail to Reveal Knowledge of Solidity and Support. Child Development. 71(6), 1540-1554.

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