Learning the Designed Actions of Everyday Objects

Karen Adolph, Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, Jeff Lockman, Lana Karasik & Jaya Rachwani
How do young children learn to use everyday artifacts—doorknobs, zippers, and so on—in the ways they were designed to be used? Although the designed actions of such objects seem obvious to adults, little is known about how young children learn the “hidden affordances” of everyday objects. We encouraged 115 11- to 37-month-old children to open two types of containers: circular jars with twist-off lids (Experiment 1) and rectangular Tupperware-style containers with pull-off lids (Experiment 2)....
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