Out of the toolbox: Toddlers differentiate wobbly and wooden handrails

Sarah E. Berger, Karen Adolph, Sharon A. Lobo

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This study examined whether 16-month-old walking infants take the material composition of a handrail into account when assessing its effectiveness as a tool to augment balance. Infants were encouraged to cross from one platform to another via bridges of various widths (10, 20, 40 cm) with either a "wobbly" (foam or latex) or a wooden handrail available for assistance. Infants attempted to walk over wider bridges more often than narrow ones, and attempts were more frequent when the sturdy wooden handrail was available. Infants tailored their exploratory behaviors, bridge-crossing strategies, and handrail-use strategies to the material properties of the rail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1294-1307
Number of pages14
JournalChild Development
Volume76
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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Out of the toolbox : Toddlers differentiate wobbly and wooden handrails. / Berger, Sarah E.; Adolph, Karen; Lobo, Sharon A.

In: Child Development, Vol. 76, No. 6, 11.2005, p. 1294-1307.

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Berger, Sarah E. ; Adolph, Karen ; Lobo, Sharon A. / Out of the toolbox : Toddlers differentiate wobbly and wooden handrails. In: Child Development. 2005 ; Vol. 76, No. 6. pp. 1294-1307.
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