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    Models of habituation in infancy

    Sirois, S. and Mareschal, Denis (2002) Models of habituation in infancy. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 6 (7), pp. 293-298. ISSN 1364-6613.

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    Research on infant cognition using habituation methods has sparked considerable controversy in recent years. At the core of the debates is the issue of whether infants have early (and possibly innate) conceptual understandings. This article reviews a range of computational models of habituation that might provide insights into such discussions. The models are assessed against key behavioral and neural features of habituation: temporal unfolding, exponential decrease, familiarity-to-novelty shift, habituation to repeated testing, discriminability of habitual items, selective inhibition and cortical–subcortical interactions. The review suggests that current models fail to offer comprehensive explanations of the behavioral phenomena.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): infancy, habituation, learning, networks, modelling, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 14:07
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:34


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