Social Referencing in Psychology: Definition & Examples


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Which of the following terms refers to when infants read facial expressions to help them make decisions?

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1. When do infants start to use social referencing?

2. Research shows that by what age can infants use visual information obtained from their caregivers' faces to help them understand new or uncertain situations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Social referencing is a very important survival skill for all people, especially infants who may or may not understand spoken words. This quiz/worksheet combination will test your understanding of the meaning of social referencing and how and when it is used by infants.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of social referencing
  • Gibson and Walk's visual cliff experiment
  • The use of visual information by infants

Skills Practiced

The following skills will be tested by the worksheet and quiz:

  • Knowledge Application- use your knowledge to answer questions about social referencing
  • Information Recall-access the knowledge you've gained regarding when infants begin to use visual information
  • Interpreting Information- verify that you can read information regarding the visual cliff experiment and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about social referencing, take a look at the lesson called Social Referencing in Psychology: Definition & Examples. The following objectives are covered:

  • Define social referencing
  • Understand examples of social referencing
  • Know how and when children begin to use social referencing
  • Understand Eleanor Gibson and Richard Walk's experiment