Motor Development Lab presents work on factors impacting infant walking at the biennial meeting of the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS), July 2018.
Amanda Arnold, a PhD Candidate in the Motor Development Lab, presented portions of her dissertation work at the biennial meeting of the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) held in Philadelphia, PA July 2018. Amanda’s dissertation work investigates factors impacting the development of infant walking and how walking ability contributes to other areas of development, such as learning new words. In one study, she demonstrated that new infant walkers appear aware of specific toy properties that are detrimental versus beneficial to walking and select toys to carry accordingly. In the other study, Amanda found that new walkers who spent more time walking while carrying a toy had higher receptive language abilities. This work was supported by the Purdue Research Foundation. Amanda’s mentor is Dr. Laura Claxton.
Both posters are found here:
- Do infants and toddlers demonstrate a preference toward size or weight when selecting toys to carry during free play?
- Is toy carriage during walking related to language ability?