Objecthood In Early Childhood

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This essay will review the concept of objecthood and whether or not it is innate and can be found during very early on in infancy. Much research has been done looking into when exactly when a child will identify an object. Baillargeon, Spelke & Wasserman (1985) conducted an experiment, this experiment consisted of infants being exposed to a moving three dimensional stimulus (habituation event). The habituation has been said to have an occurred only once the infants start looking away. Baillargeon, Spelke & Wasserman (1985) habituation event was a ‘drawbridge’ by rotating though 180°. After the habituation, a coloured block was then introduced to the infants. The five month old infants were then shown the test events to where the block had been placed behind the drawbridge, so that the rise of the drawbridge to vertical occluded the block. In the event that the drawbridge contained on its accustomed path, by passing through the space that had been previously occupied by the block. In both of these events the drawbridge had reversed at the end of its…show more content…
Bower, Broughton and Moore (1972) work also found similar results to objecthood being found in early infancy. They used a lab experiment of the study, instead of using Piaget’s blanket technique they waited for the infant to reach the object. They found that the infant counted to reach for the object for up to 90 seconds after it had become invisible. This is a clear indication that the infant thought it would be in the same place however it wasn’t. The limitations of these studies would be the ages of the infants, as in order to find out whether objecthood is innate and from birth younger infants would need to be tested. On the other hand most research is out dated, more resent work will need to be done in order to get a better look into how early an infant can identify an
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