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ERIC Number: EJ862441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Newborns' Perception of Left-Right Spatial Relations
Gava, Lucia; Valenza, Eloisa; Turati, Chiara
Child Development, v80 n6 p1797-1810 Nov-Dec 2009
Five experiments examined 79 newborns' ability to discriminate and categorize a spatial relation, defined by the left-right spatial position of a blinking object-target with respect to a vertical landmark-bar. Three-day-old infants discriminated the up versus low position of an object located on the same side of the landmark-bar (Experiment 1) and recognized a basic left-right spatial invariance of the object-target and the landmark-bar in conditions of low (Experiment 2) and high (Experiment 3) perceptual variability of the object's positions. Additional evidence ruled out the possibility that newborns were unable to discriminate the within-category left-right spatial positions of the object-target (Experiment 4) or made a categorical distinction based on spatial distance rather than on categorical spatial relations of left of and right of (Experiment 5).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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