Using mother as a spatial landmark: Evidence against egocentric coding in infancy

Clark C. Presson, Laurie H. Ihrig

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30 9-mo-old infants learned to turn one way to view a visual event. In a transfer task, they were rotated 180|. The mothers of half the Ss moved with them as in previous procedures, and the other mothers remained in a fixed position throughout training and testing. Ss made more turns to the same spatial location when their mothers did not move. Thus, Ss used their mother's position as a cue to their spatial response. Results suggest that even in situations in which young infants were judged egocentric, they may have been using objective, nonegocentric information. Thus, even apparent errors do not preclude the presence of objective representation. (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-703
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


  • position of mother, use of mother as cue in spatial location task, 9 mo olds, evidence against egocentric coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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