Pető Réka


Réka Pető

Children rapidly learn how to use a tool by observation. Moreover they are able to use it in the proper way even if its appearance has changed (e.g. color). In my researches I would like to understand this mechanism better: What are the most important factors in the process of acquiring a tool’s function and which ones can be neglectable.


MTMT databas




Petõ, R., Oláh, K., & Király, I. (2021). Two-Year-Old Children Expect Native, but Not Foreign Speakers to Use the Same Tool for the Same Purpose. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.


Pető, R., Elekes, F., Oláh, K. & Király, I. (2020). Apró lépésekkel egy empatikus multikulturális világ felé a szociális kategorizáció társas tanulásban játszott kiemelkedő szerepe révén. Psychiatria Hungarica


Pető, R., Elekes, F., Oláh, K., & Király, I. (2018). Learning how to use a tool: Mutually exclusive tool–function mappings are selectively acquired from linguistic in-group models. Journal of experimental child psychology, 171, 99-112.


Oláh, K., Elekes, F., Pető, R., Peres, K., & Király, I. (2016). 3-Year-Old Children Selectively Generalize Object Functions Following a Demonstration from a Linguistic In-group Member: Evidence from the Phenomenon of Scale Error. Frontiers In Psychology, 7.