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ERIC Number: EJ850149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
The Development of Area Discrimination and Its Implications for Number Representation in Infancy
Brannon, Elizabeth M.; Lutz, Donna; Cordes, Sara
Developmental Science, v9 n6 pF59-F64 Nov 2006
This paper investigates the ability of infants to attend to continuous stimulus variables and how this capacity relates to the representation of number. We examined the change in area needed by 6-month-old infants to detect a difference in the size of a single element (Elmo face). Infants successfully discriminated a 1:4, 1:3 and 1:2 change in the area of the Elmo face but failed to discriminate a 2:3 change. In addition, the novelty preference was linearly related to the ratio difference between the novel and familiar area. Results suggest that Weber's Law holds for area discriminations in infancy and also reveal that at 6 months of age infants are equally sensitive to number, time and area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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