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Science  25 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5948, pp. 1624
DOI: 10.1126/science.1172759

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Topál et al. (Reports, 26 September 2008, p. 1831) proposed that infants’ perseverative search errors can be explained by ostensive cues from the experimenter. We use the dynamic field theory to test the proposal that infants encode locations more weakly when social cues are present. Quantitative simulations show that this account explains infants’ performance without recourse to the theory of natural pedagogy.

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