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Infants distinguish between two events based on their relative likelihood
Max Planck Inst Human Cognit & Brain Sci, Leipzig, Germany; Radboud Univ Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1725-220X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3046-0043
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1326-6177
2018 (English)In: Child Development, ISSN 0009-3920, E-ISSN 1467-8624, Vol. 89, no 6, p. e507-e519Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Likelihood estimations are crucial for dealing with the uncertainty of life. Here, infants' sensitivity to the difference in likelihood between two events was investigated. Infants aged 6, 12, and 18 months (N = 75) were shown animated movies of a machine simultaneously drawing likely and unlikely samples from a box filled with different colored balls. In different trials, the difference in likelihood between the two samples was manipulated. The infants' looking patterns varied as a function of the magnitude of the difference in likelihood and were modulated by the number of items in the samples. Looking patterns showed qualitative similarities across age groups. This study demonstrates that infants' looking responses are sensitive to the magnitude of the difference in likelihood between two events.

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2018. Vol. 89, no 6, p. e507-e519
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334592DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12970ISI: 000452463400005PubMedID: 28972270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-334592DiVA, id: diva2:1160026
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 289404Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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