Formation of a categorical representation for the spatial relation between by 6- to 7-month-old infants

Paul C. Quinn, Christopher M. Norris, Rita N. Pasko, Tanya M. Schmader, Clay Mash

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Abstract

Three experiments were conducted to examine whether human infants would form a categorical representation for the spatial relation between. Experiment 1 showed that 6- and 7-month-olds familiarized with stimuli depicting a diamond in different locations between two reference bars subsequently preferred a stimulus displaying the diamond located outside the bars over a stimulus displaying the diamond located in a novel position between the bars. Experiments 2 and 3 revealed that this preference could not be attributed to a failure to discriminate the location changes of the diamond between the bars or an a priori preference. The overall pattern of results indicates that 6- and 7-month-olds had formed a categorical representation for between. The findings are discussed in terms of factors affecting development of categorical representations for spatial relation information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-585
Number of pages17
JournalVisual Cognition
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Requests for reprints should be addressed to P. C. Quinn, Department of Psychology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. This research was supported by Grant HD28606 from the National Instituteof Child Health and Human Development. We thank June Shepp and Laurie Yarzab for their help in testing infants.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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