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ERIC Number: EJ1010826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Development of Ordinal Sequence Perception in Infancy
Lewkowicz, David J.
Developmental Science, v16 n3 p352-364 May 2013
Perception of the ordinal position of a sequence element is critical to many cognitive and motor functions. Here, the prediction that this ability is based on a domain-general perceptual mechanism and, thus, that it emerges prior to the emergence of language was tested. Infants were habituated with sequences of moving/sounding objects and then tested for the ability to perceive the invariant ordinal position of a single element (Experiment 1) or the invariant relative ordinal position of two adjacent elements (Experiment 2). Experiment 1 tested 4- and 6-month-old infants and showed that 4-month-old infants focused on conflicting low-level sequence statistics and, therefore, failed to detect the ordinal position information, but that 6-month-old infants ignored the statistics and detected the ordinal position information. Experiment 2 tested 6-, 8-, and 10-month-old infants and showed that only 10-month-old infants detected relative ordinal position information and that they could only accomplish this with the aid of concurrent statistical cues. Together, these results indicate that a domain-general ability to detect ordinal position information emerges during infancy and that its initial emergence is preceded and facilitated by the earlier emergence of the ability to detect statistical cues. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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