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ERIC Number: EJ828058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
Out of Sight Is Not out of Mind: Developmental Changes in Infants' Understanding of Visual Perception during the Second Year
Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Sodian, Beate; Metz, Ulrike; Tilden, Joanne; Schoeppner, Barbara
Journal of Cognition and Development, v8 n4 p401-425 Oct 2007
Three experiments investigated 14-, 18-, and 24- month-old infants' understanding of visual perception. Infants viewed films in which a protagonist was either able to view the location of a hidden object (Visual Access condition) or was blindfolded when the object location was revealed (No Visual Access condition). When requested to find the object, the protagonist pointed either at the correct location or at the incorrect location. Across experiments, 18-month-olds looked longer at the unexpected action (e.g., person pointing at the incorrect location in the Visual Access condition). By 24 month of age, infants could infer the correct search behavior from gaze alone. These findings suggest that by the middle of the second year of life, infants understand the psychological relation between an observer and an object, even if the object is no longer visible. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal); Germany