Effects of object novelty on the visual and manual exploration of infants

Peter Willatts (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Schaffer and Parry presented evidence that 6-month-old infants are indiscriminate in their manual approach to familiar and novel objects, while 12-month-old infants show wariness and delay before contacting novel objects. An experiment is reported which failed to replicate these findings. Both 6- and 12-month-old infants reached quickly for a novel object, but were slower as it became more familiar. When offered a choice between a novel and a familiar object, infants at both ages preferred to reach for the novel one.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior & Development
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1983


  • fixation
  • habituation
  • manipulation
  • novelty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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