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Spatial expectations of young human infants, following passive movement.
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PMID:  20806293     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Three experiments are described that investigate 4.5-month-old infants' spatial thinking during passive movement using a task that required no manual or visual search. In these experiments, infants habituated to a display located near one corner of a table. Before the test trial the infants were either moved to the opposite side of the table or they remained in the same position that they held during the habituation trials. Also, between the habituation trials and the test trial, the display was either surreptitiously moved to the diagonally opposite position on the table, or the display remained stationary. The results showed that infants generally dishabituated when the actual (allocentric/objective) location of the display was changed between habituation and test. However, in Experiment 3, in which infants had reduced experience moving around the testing chamber, infants dishabituated to a change in their egocentric spatial relationship to the display. The results of this experiment suggest that experience moving around the testing chamber was a prerequisite for such location constancy. Taken together, the findings presented here indicate that with enough experience, young infants become aware of key spatial relationships in their environment during passive movement.
Jordy Kaufman; Amy Needham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychobiology     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1098-2302     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychobiol     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0164074     Medline TA:  Dev Psychobiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.
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