Comment on "Infants' perseverative search errors are induced by pragmatic misinterpretation"

John P Spencer, Evelina Dineva, Linda B Smith
Science 2009 September 25, 325 (5948): 1624; author reply 1624
Topál et al. (Reports, 26 September 2008, p. 1831) proposed that infants' perseverative search errors can be explained by ostensive cues from the experimenter. We use the dynamic field theory to test the proposal that infants encode locations more weakly when social cues are present. Quantitative simulations show that this account explains infants' performance without recourse to the theory of natural pedagogy.

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