Infant perseveration and implications for object permanence theories: A PDP model of the AB task Journal Article uri icon



  • From the earliest ages at which infants search for hidden objects, they make the AB error, searching perseveratively at previous rather than current hiding locations (Piaget, 1954). This paper presents a parallel distributed processing (PDP) model that instantiates an explicit set of processing mechanisms to account for a large and diverse set of data on infants’ AB errors. The model demonstrates how basic processes–the formation of latent memory traces and their interaction with developing active memory traces–can provide a unifying framework for understanding why and when infants perseverate. Novel predictions from the model are discussed, together with its challenges for theories that posit a concept of object permanence in the first year of life.

publication date

  • October 1, 1998

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • August 19, 2014 4:32 AM

Full Author List

  • Munakata Y

author count

  • 1

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1363-755X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-7687

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 161

end page

  • 184


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