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2- and 4-year-olds | Learning to Use Tools

Current Studies Furman University

Children know how to use an extraordinary number of tools to achieve specific goals (for example, cups are used for drinking, phones are used for talking, and brooms are used for sweeping). In this study, we examine children’s ability to learn object functions. A researcher will introduce your child to a set of unfamiliar tools and demonstrate how each one is used. Then, we will assess how well the child remembers the actions associated with each tool. The study is conducted in our lab on the Furman campus and takes less than an hour.

3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds | Opposite Game

Current Studies Furman University

In this study, we are investigating the strength of children’s knowledge about the labels and actions associated with familiar objects. Using an iPad, children will play a game in which the goal is to override well-learned information by responding in the opposite fashion. For example, children will be instructed to touch a picture of a dog when they hear the word “cat”. The study takes approximately 30 minutes and is conducted in our lab on the Furman campus.

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