ERIC Number: EJ850136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Interrupting Infants' Persisting Object Representations: An Object-Based Limit?
Cheries, Erik W.; Wynn, Karen; Scholl, Brian J.
Developmental Science, v9 n5 pF50-F58 Sep 2006
Making sense of the visual world requires keeping track of objects as the same persisting individuals over time and occlusion. Here we implement a new paradigm using 10-month-old infants to explore the processes and representations that support this ability in two ways. First, we demonstrate that persisting object representations can be maintained over brief interruptions from additional independent events--just as a memory of a traffic scene may be maintained through a brief glance in the rearview mirror. Second, we demonstrate that this ability is nevertheless subject to an object-based limit: if an interrupting event involves enough objects (carefully controlling for overall salience), then it will impair the maintenance of other persisting object representations even though it is an independent event. These experiments demonstrate how object representations can be studied via their "interruptibility", and the results are consistent with the idea that infants' persisting object representations are constructed and maintained by capacity-limited mid-level "object-files".
Descriptors: Object Permanence, Infants, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Ability, Task Analysis, Visual Stimuli
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