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    Abstract rule learning for visual sequences in 8- and 11-month-olds

    Johnson, S.P. and Fernandes, K.J. and Frank, M.C. and Kirkham, Natasha Z. and Marcus, G. and Rabagliati, H. and Slemmer, J.A. (2009) Abstract rule learning for visual sequences in 8- and 11-month-olds. Infancy 14 (1), pp. 2-18. ISSN 1525-0008.

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    Abstract

    The experiments reported here investigated the development of a fundamental component of cognition: to recognize and generalize abstract relations. Infants were presented with simple rule-governed patterned sequences of visual shapes (ABB, AAB, and ABA) that could be discriminated from differences in the position of the repeated element (late, early, or nonadjacent, respectively). Eight-month-olds were found to distinguish patterns on the basis of the repetition, but appeared insensitive to its position in the sequence; 11-month-olds distinguished patterns over the position of the repetition, but appeared insensitive to the nonadjacent repetition. These results suggest that abstract pattern detection may develop incrementally in a process of constructing complex relations from more primitive components.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 09:19
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:51
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2466

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