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Late development of metric part-relational processing in object recognition

Jüttner, Martin; Petters, Dean; Wakui, Elley and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2014. Late development of metric part-relational processing in object recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(4), pp. 1718-1734. ISSN 0096-1523 [Article]

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Four experiments with unfamiliar objects examined the remarkably late consolidation of part-relational relative to part-based object recognition (Jüttner, Wakui, Petters, Kaur, & Davidoff, 2013). Our results indicate a particularly protracted developmental trajectory for the processing of metric part relations. Schoolchildren aged 7 to 14 years and adults were tested in 3-Alternative-Forced-Choice tasks to judge the correct appearance of upright and inverted newly learned multipart objects that had been manipulated in terms of individual parts or part relations. Experiment 1 showed that even the youngest tested children were close to adult levels of performance for recognizing categorical changes of individual parts and relative part position. By contrast, Experiment 2 demonstrated that performance for detecting metric changes of relative part position was distinctly reduced in young children compared with recognizing metric changes of individual parts, and did not approach the latter until 11 to 12 years. A similar developmental dissociation was observed in Experiment 3, which contrasted the detection of metric relative-size changes and metric part changes. Experiment 4 showed that manipulations of metric size that were perceived as part (rather than part-relational) changes eliminated this dissociation. Implications for theories of object recognition and similarities to the development of face perception are discussed.

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Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037288

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 August 2014Published

Item ID:

26668

Date Deposited:

26 Jul 2019 08:53

Last Modified:

06 Aug 2019 09:50

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26668

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