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ERIC Number: EJ840299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
The Role of Perceptual Skills in Newborns' Perception of Partly Occluded Objects
Valenza, Eloisa; Zulian, Luisa; Leo, Irene
Infancy, v8 n1 p1-20 2005
This study explored whether the reported inability of newborns to perceive object unity could result from the limited abilities of newborns to recognize the correspondence between 2 stimuli that were identical except for the presence or absence of an occluder. Five experiments were carried out using a visual habituation technique. The results of Experiment 1 indicated that newborns were capable of recognizing the perceptual correspondence between a nonoccluded and an occluded form. More intriguing, the outcomes of Experiments 2, 3, and 4 suggested that newborns find a partly occluded form to be more similar to a completely unoccluded form than to an unoccluded form containing a gap. Finally, even if newborns are able to perceive the correspondence between a partly occluded object and a complete form, the presence of this skill does not appear sufficient to imply the ability to manifest veridical object unity perception at birth (Experiment 5). (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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