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Research Shows 16-month-olds Infer Causes of Failed Actions

Findings have implications for learning strategies

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Infants infer whether a toy fails to work because of their actions or a reason beyond their control.

Research shows infants are able to make accurate judgments about whether a toy failed to operate due their own mistake or due to circumstances beyond their control. The findings could be important to developing learning strategies for both children and adults.

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Cover of the June 24, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the June 24, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011

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