ERIC Number: EJ1027538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Visual Short-Term Memory for Complex Objects in 6- and 8-Month-Old Infants
Kwon, Mee-Kyoung; Luck, Steven J.; Oakes, Lisa M.
Child Development, v85 n2 p564-577 Mar-Apr 2014
Infants' visual short-term memory (VSTM) for simple objects undergoes dramatic development: Six-month-old infants can store in VSTM information about only a simple object presented in isolation, whereas 8-month-old infants can store information about simple objects presented in multiple-item arrays. This study extended this work to examine the development of infants' VSTM for complex objects during this same period (N = 105). Using the "simultaneous streams" change detection paradigm, Experiment 1 confirmed the previous developmental trajectory between 6 and 8 months. Experiment 2 showed that doubling the exposure time did not enhance 6-month-old infants' change detection, demonstrating that the developmental change is not due to encoding speed. Thus, VSTM for simple and complex objects appears to follow the same developmental trajectory.
Descriptors: Infants, Visual Perception, Short Term Memory, Age Differences, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Difficulty Level
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