Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy

Bremner, Andrew J.; Bryant, P. E.; Mareschal, Denis and Volein, A.. 2007. Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy. Visual Cognition, 15(8), pp. 896-926. ISSN 1350-6285 [Article]


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In a series of experiments we tested 4- and 8-month-olds' ability to represent the spatial layout of an object across changes in its orientation with respect to egocentric spatial coordinates. A fixed-trial familiarisation procedure based on visual habituation behaviour shows that both age-groups are able to discriminate between different object-centred spatial configurations. Furthermore, both age-groups demonstrate the ability to make discriminations of object-centred spatial coordinates that require simultaneous reference to at least two spatial axes of the object. We discuss these findings in relation to theories of the early development of object recognition and spatial reference skills.

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object recognition, spatial representation, infancy, cognitive development

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Psychology > InfantLab


November 2007Published

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05 Aug 2008 15:54

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25 Sep 2023 10:08

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