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Location, location, location: development of spatiotemporal sequence learning in infancy.
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PMID:  17883448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated infants' sensitivity to spatiotemporal structure. In Experiment 1, circles appeared in a statistically defined spatial pattern. At test 11-month-olds, but not 8-month-olds, looked longer at a novel spatial sequence. Experiment 2 presented different color/shape stimuli, but only the location sequence was violated during test; 8-month-olds preferred the novel spatial structure, but 5-month-olds did not. In Experiment 3, the locations but not color/shape pairings were constant at test; 5-month-olds showed a novelty preference. Experiment 4 examined "online learning": We recorded eye movements of 8-month-olds watching a spatiotemporal sequence. Saccade latencies to predictable locations decreased. We argue that temporal order statistics involving informative spatial relations become available to infants during the first year after birth, assisted by multiple cues.
Natasha Z Kirkham; Jonathan A Slemmer; Daniel C Richardson; Scott P Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2007 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-21     Completed Date:  2008-01-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1559-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Birkbeck College, University of London, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child Psychology*
Color Perception*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Pattern Recognition, Visual*
Reaction Time
Serial Learning*
Time Perception*
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