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Observational versus trial and error effects in a model of an infant learning paradigm

We present results from a paradigm of infant motor skill learning, involving selecting the correct approach to grasp a ball placed oil a low stability stand. We also construct a theoretical model, based on the concept of observational learning as the discovery of non-perceived affordances, and the transfer of actions oil affordances, which call explain some of the experimental data presented. We discuss the underlying concepts of the model (including its basis in neuroanatomy) and how they relate to the paradigm, and suggest possible model extensions.