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Infant development of configural object processing in visual and visual-haptic contexts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18930171     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants' visual processing of objects is characterised by a developmental trend from a predominantly analytical to a configural processing mode. In two studies with 6- and 8-month-old infants, we sought to replicate this finding in a purely visual condition (inspecting objects), and to examine how far redundant visual-haptic information present in a visual-haptic condition influences the processing mode. Infants were familiarized with two objects differing in three dimensions (texture, size and shape). At test, infants were presented with a familiar object, a switch object consisting of a recombination of familiar dimensions, and a novel object, and looking times were measured. Results indicate a transition from analytical processing at 6 months to configural processing at 8 months in the visual condition. In the visual-haptic condition, both age-groups displayed configural processing. Thus, redundant visual-haptic information seems to enhance object processing.
Bianca Jovanovic; Thomas Duemmler; Gudrun Schwarzer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-10-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychologica     Volume:  129     ISSN:  1873-6297     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychol (Amst)     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-27     Completed Date:  2009-02-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370366     Medline TA:  Acta Psychol (Amst)     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  376-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Giessen, FB 06, Otto-Behaghel-Street 10/F1, 35394 Giessen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology*
Discrimination Learning
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Pattern Recognition, Visual*
Psychomotor Performance*
Size Perception

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