Object Manipulation in Infancy

Developmental and Contextual Determinants
  • Jeffrey J. Lockman
  • James P. McHale
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


Soon after infants begin to reach, they devote an increasing amount of time to manipulating objects. They finger, bang, and rotate objects often with great interest and delight. They do so in a variety of situations, whether it be in the context of solitary play or social interaction. Most parents, in fact, recognize this proclivity and tolerate it even in situations where similar behaviors by adults would be considered inappropriate. (Just imagine an adult banging a spoon on a table in a restaurant—even if service is slow!)


Manual Behavior Object Manipulation Rigid Object Manual Exploration Object Manip 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey J. Lockman
    • 1
  • James P. McHale
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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