Infants' exploratory responses to toys and people


Journal Article

Conducted 2 experiments, each with 20 10-mo-old infants in an unfamiliar environment with their mothers. Ss were left free to approach and touch a distant, unfamiliar object-a person or a toy. Toys evoked prompt approach and sustained physical contact. Persons evoked little contact but more visual regard and smiling. Persons evoked still more smiles when responsive than when nonresponsive. There was no evidence of distress with either the persons or the toys. Results suggest that looking and smiling at persons serve an exploratory function similar to the touching and manipulating of inanimate objects. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1974 American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eckerman, CO; Rheingold, HL

Published Date

  • March 1, 1974

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 255 - 259

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1649

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/h0035990

Citation Source

  • Scopus