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ERIC Number: EJ933283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Priming 4.5-Month-Old Infants to Use Height Information by Enhancing Retrieval
Wang, Su-hua
Developmental Psychology, v47 n1 p26-38 Jan 2011
How do infants select and use information that is relevant to the task at hand? Infants treat events that involve different spatial relations as distinct, and their selection and use of object information depends on the type of event they encounter. For example, 4.5-month-olds consider information about object height in occlusion events, but infants typically fail to do so in containment events until they reach the age of 7.5 months. However, after seeing a prime involving occlusion, 4.5-month-olds became sensitive to height information in a containment event (Experiment 1). The enhancement lasted over a brief delay (Experiment 2) and persisted even longer when infants were shown an additional occlusion prime but not an object prime (Experiment 3). Together, these findings reveal remarkable flexibility in visual representations of young infants and show that their use of information can be facilitated not by strengthening object representations per se but by strengthening their tendency to retrieve available information in the representations. (Contains 4 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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