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Visual processing of stimulus compounds in newborn infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1945730     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An experiment is described in which newborn infants' processing of stimulus compounds was investigated. After familiarization to two alternately presented stimuli which differed in colour and orientation, the newborns showed significant preferences for a stimulus which had a novel colour/orientation combination: the novel stimulus was produced by recombining features of the stimuli used for familiarization. This finding argues against the view that infants initially process separate components, or parts, of visual stimuli and are only able to attend to the correlations between them after about 3 months of age. Rather, the ability to process and remember stimulus compounds is present at birth.
A Slater; A Mattock; E Brown; D Burnham; A Young
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perception     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0301-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  Perception     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-17     Completed Date:  1991-12-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372307     Medline TA:  Perception     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Color Perception*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Infant, Newborn / psychology*
Mental Recall
Pattern Recognition, Visual*

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