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ERIC Number: EJ881108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
Fifteen-Month-Old Infants Attend to Shape over Other Perceptual Properties in an Induction Task
Graham, Susan A.; Diesendruck, Gil
Cognitive Development, v25 n2 p111-123 Apr-Jun 2010
This study examined whether infants privilege shape over other perceptual properties when making inferences about the shared properties of novel objects. Forty-six 15-month-olds were presented with novel target objects that possessed a nonobvious property, followed by test objects that varied in shape, color, or texture relative to the target. Infants generalized the nonobvious property to test objects that were highly similar in shape, but not to objects that shared the same color or texture. These results demonstrate that infants' attention to shape is not specific to lexical contexts and is present at the early stages of productive language development. The implications of these findings for debates about children's shape bias, in particular, and the nature of infants' categories more generally, are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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