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ERIC Number: EJ905508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Infants' Response to Pictures of Impossible Objects
Shuwairi, Sarah M.; Tran, Annie; DeLoache, Judy S.; Johnson, Scott P.
Infancy, v15 n6 p636-649 Nov-Dec 2010
Previous work has shown that 4-month-olds can discriminate between two-dimensional (2D) depictions of structurally possible and impossible objects [S. M. Shuwairi (2009), "Journal of Experimental Child Psychology", 104, 115; S. M. Shuwairi, M. K. Albert, & S. P. Johnson (2007), "Psychological Science", 18, 303]. Here, we asked whether evidence of discrimination of possible and impossible pictures would also be revealed in infants' patterns of reaching and manual exploration. Nine-month-old infants were presented with realistic photograph displays of structurally possible and impossible cubes along with a series of perceptual controls, and engaged in more frequent manual exploration of pictures of impossible objects. In addition, the impossible cube display elicited significantly more social referencing and vocalizations than the possible cube and perceptual control displays. The increased manual gestures associated with the incoherent figure suggest that perceptual and manual action mechanisms are interrelated in early development. The infant's visual system extracts structural information contained in 2D images in analyzing the projected 3D configuration, and this information serves to control both the oculomotor and manual action systems. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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