Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities


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Why did the infants not cross onto the Plexiglas in the original visual cliff experiment?

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1. In the visual cliff experiment, researchers found that infants would cross the Plexiglas if their mothers did what?

2. Rosie is a nine-month-old baby girl who loves to experience and explore her environment. What might this indicate about Rosie's development?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This test/worksheet combo will help you assess how much you understand about the development of infants, their instincts and emotional attachments they have. Some concepts you will be tested on include the attachment between a child and its mother/primary caregiver and the visual cliff experiment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be quizzed on the ideas surrounding:

  • Instinctive reaction to danger
  • Rooting reflex
  • Infant instincts

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will aid the student in developing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about infant development from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the instinctive nature of infancts to avoid danger or injury in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the visual cliff experiment and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main ideas, such as instinct, attachment, and reflexes to secure safety and survival

Additional Learning

To learn more about the instinct and attachment of infants to their mothers, review the accompanying lesson called Infant Development. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the process of infant development
  • Identify the connection between instinct and attachment to a mother when studying infant development
  • Understand the developmental importance of a baby's attachment and trust of its mother
  • Know the reflexes that infants are born with for safety and survival