Title

Experienced crawlers avoid real and water drop-offs, even when they are walking

Author Identifier

Carolina Burnay

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9177-775X

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Infancy

Publisher

Wiley

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

Comments

Burnay, C., Cordovil, R., Button, C., Croft, J. L., & Anderson, D. I. (2021). Experienced crawlers avoid real and water drop‐offs, even when they are walking. Infancy. https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12419

Abstract

Crawling experience was recently linked to crawling and walking infants’ avoidance of falling on real and water cliffs, whereas walking experience had no effect on walkers’ avoidance behavior (Burnay et al., 2021). In the current study, the behavior of 25 infants was analyzed on the Real Cliff/Water Cliff apparatus using a longitudinal study design. Infants were tested as experienced crawlers (Mcrawling = 2.93 months, SD = 1.07), novice walkers (Mwalking = 0.68 months, SD = 0.29), and experienced walkers (Mwalking = 4.90 months, SD = 0.92). Infants avoided falling on both cliffs when tested as experienced crawlers and their behavior was not different when tested as novice or experienced walkers. These findings confirmed the effect of crawling experience on crawling and walking infants’ avoidance of falls from heights and into water and the transfer of perceptual learning from crawling to walking postures.

DOI

10.1111/infa.12419

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