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ERIC Number: ED136914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 14
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Habituation and Dishabituation of Visual Attention to Familiar, Similar and Novel Conceptual Categories in 10- and 16-Week-Old Infants.
McCluskey, Kathleen A.; Linn, Patricia
This study was designed to: (1) investigate differential responding to stimuli that differ along a continuum of degree of discrepancy from a familiarized standard; and (2) attempt to determine if infants will show response decrement and recovery to conceptual categories. Fifty-five infants at two age levels (10 and 16 weeks) were familiarized with a category of stimuli, and then presented with another conceptual category that was familiar (f), similar (s), or novel (n) in comparison with the first category. Subjects in the f condition evidenced no significant recovery. Recovery at both age levels was demonstrated by the subjects in the s condition, this trend being more evident at the younger age level. Similar results were found in response to novel stimulus changes. The greatest recovery in terms of magnitude of response recovery was demonstrated by the 10-week-olds in the n condition. These results indicate that infants will habituate to conceptual categories of visual stimuli, and that rerecruitment of visual attention can be elicited by the presentation of either novel or similar conceptual categories. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)