'The Development of Co-representation Effects in a Joint Task: Do Children Represent a Co-actor?'

Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Monday 9th December 2013 (13:00-14:00)
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Please contact Nicola Cutting (n.cutting@bham.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.

Part of the Developmental Seminar Series

Speakers: Sophie Milward, Sotaro Kita and Ian Apperly

Abstract: The investigation of ‘co-representation’ effects has attracted a great deal of interest since Sebanz, Knoblich & Prinz’s (2003) original finding that adult participants will show interference from a partner’s task when performing a Simon task as a pair. However, little has been shown about children’s behaviour when performing such a task. In this talk I will present three studies that I have carried which suggest that children do co-represent from at least 2-3 years old. This evidence is a starting point to seeing whether there is a developmental cut-off when co-representation no longer occurs. It can also tell us something about the nature of co-representation in adults, as well as the processes involved in the ‘joint action’ behaviours that have been observed in very young children.