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ERIC Number: EJ810764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
The Representation of Geometric Cues in Infancy
Lourenco, Stella F.; Huttenlocher, Janellen
Infancy, v13 n2 p103-127 Mar 2008
There is evidence that, from an early age, humans are sensitive to spatial information such as simple landmarks and the size of objects. This study concerns the ability to represent a particular kind of spatial information, namely, the "geometry" of an enclosed layout--an ability present in older children, adults, and nonhuman animals (e.g., Cheng, 1986; Hermer & Spelke, 1996). Using a looking-time procedure, 4.5- to 6.5-month-olds were tested on whether they could distinguish among the corners of an isosceles triangle. On each trial, the target corner was marked by a red dot. The stimulus (triangle with dot) appeared from different orientations across trials, ensuring that only cues related to the triangle itself could be used to differentiate the corners. When orientations were highly variable, infants discriminated the unique corner (i.e., the corner with the smaller angle and two equal-length sides) from a nonunique corner; they could not discriminate between the two nonunique corners. With less variable orientations, however, infants did discriminate between the nonunique corners of the isosceles triangle. Implications for how infants represent geometric cues are discussed. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Language: English
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