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ERIC Number: EJ849181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Comparing Infants' Use of Featural and Spatiotemporal Information in an Object Individuation Task Using a New Event-Monitoring Design
Krojgaard, Peter
Developmental Science, v10 n6 p892-909 Nov 2007
Discussions have recently taken place on whether spatiotemporal information is more important than featural information when infants attempt to individuate objects. Hitherto, spatiotemporal and featural information have only been compared directly by using cognitively demanding "event-mapping" designs" (e.g. Xu & Carey, 1996 ), whereas the simpler event-monitoring designs (e.g. the "wide-screen/narrow-screen" by Wilcox and colleagues) have not been employed for such a comparison. The present research offers a new event-monitoring design, "the rotating screen design," that allows for such a direct comparison. Three experiments in which 9.5-, 8.0-, and 6.5-month-old infants attempt to individuate objects by spatiotemporal and featural information are reported. The results showed that whereas the 9.5-month-old infants were able to individuate objects by spatiotemporal as well as featural information, the infants of the younger age groups only successfully individuated objects when provided with spatiotemporal information, but not with featural information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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