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There may not be an A-not-B error

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 March 2005

Thomas A. Stoffregen*
Affiliation:
Human Factors Research Laboratory, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 http://education.umn.edu/kin/research/hfrl/Personnel/stoffregen.html

Abstract:

In the A-not-B situation children reach toward location A when the object is at location B. Researchers interpret this as an error. I question this interpretation. Reaches are inaccurate only if the intention actually is to obtain the hidden object. If this is not the goal, then reaching for A may be accurate and there may be no error to be explained.

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Footnotes

Commentary on Esther Thelen, Gregor Schöner, Christian Scheier, & Linda B. Smith (2001). The dynamics of embodiment: A field theory of infant perseverative reaching. BBS 24(1):1–86.

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