The Little Engine That Can: Infants’ Persistence Matters

Kelsey Lucca, Jessica A. Sommerville

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Persistence is central to outcomes across a range of domains: the harder you try, the further you get. Yet relatively little is known about the developmental origins of persistence. Here, we highlight key reasons for a surge of interest in persistence in infancy and early childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-968
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • cognition
  • development
  • effort
  • infancy
  • learning
  • motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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