|What we're studying
Most of what infants learn they learn from others. Here, we study if infants treat all information input equally. Do they prefer to learn from an unfamiliar adult who acts irrationally, or an unfamiliar adult who performs conventional and efficient actions? Your child will see a person who either reaches for a toy using an efficient movement or using an unnecessary and inefficient action. We will compare how they learn from an efficient person relative to an inefficient person. This research will help us to understand the development of a fundamental human skill: acquiring information that we consider culturally relevant.