The impact factor in infant development: Falling like a baby

Karen Adolph & Danyang Han
What is the role of errors in infants’ acquisition of basic skills (e.g., walking) that require immense amounts of practice and input to become flexible and generative? We used infant falling as a model system to examine the impact of errors in infant development. We examined the severity of falls from parent reports of infants’ previous fall histories and a large video corpus (N = 563 falls) contributed by 138 13-, 15-, and 19-month-old infants...
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