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Earlier Development of Analytical than Holistic Object Recognition in Adolescence

Davidoff, Jules B.; Wakui, Elley; Jüttner, Martin; Petters, Dean; Kaur, Surinder and Hummel, John E.. 2013. Earlier Development of Analytical than Holistic Object Recognition in Adolescence. PLoS ONE, 8(4), e61041. ISSN 1932-6203 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Background
Previous research has shown that object recognition may develop well into late childhood and adolescence. The present study extends that research and reveals novel differences in holistic and analytic recognition performance in 7–12 year olds compared to that seen in adults. We interpret our data within a hybrid model of object recognition that proposes two parallel routes for recognition (analytic vs. holistic) modulated by attention.

Methodology/Principal Findings
Using a repetition-priming paradigm, we found in Experiment 1 that children showed no holistic priming, but only analytic priming. Given that holistic priming might be thought to be more ‘primitive’, we confirmed in Experiment 2 that our surprising finding was not because children’s analytic recognition was merely a result of name repetition.

Conclusions/Significance
Our results suggest a developmental primacy of analytic object recognition. By contrast, holistic object recognition skills appear to emerge with a much more protracted trajectory extending into late adolescence.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1371/journal.pone.0061041

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
5 April 2013Published

Item ID:

9001

Date Deposited:

07 Oct 2013 08:41

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:37

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9001

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