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Conditions for Piagetian Stage IV search errors in a task using transparent occluders

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Journal publication date1988
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Journal number4
Volume11
Number of pages7
Pages411-417
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In a Piagetian Stage IV search task in which the object was in plain view under transparent covers, Butterworth (1977) obtained errors from nearly half the infants but noted few errors when the object was uncovered. This study investigates the possibility that errors arise in the former case because novel transparent covers present a particular distraction. Butterworth's results with transparent covers were replicated under his conditions of administration, but virtually no errors were obtained when infants were familiarized with the covers prior to testing. From this and other results it is suggested that errors in search for a visible object only occur when the infant's attention is drawn by other features of the array.