Children’s Use of Everyday Artifacts: Learning the Hidden Affordance of Zipping

Jaya Rachwani, Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, Karen Adolph, Brianna Erin Kaplan & Reda Nez
The everyday world is populated with artifacts that require specific motor actions to use objects as their designers intended. But researchers know little about how children learn to use everyday artifacts. We encouraged 44 12- to 60-month-old children to unzip a transparent pouch to retrieve a small toy during a single 60-second trial. Although unzipping a pouch may seem simple, it is not. Preliminary kinematic data from 6 adults showed that unzipping requires a set...
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