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    Ten-month-olds' selective use of visual dimensions in category learning

    Gliga, Teodora and Mareschal, Denis and Johnson, Mark H. (2008) Ten-month-olds' selective use of visual dimensions in category learning. Infant Behavior & Development 31 (2), pp. 287-293. ISSN 0163-6383.

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    There is now general consensus that infants can use several different visual properties as the basis for categorization. Nonetheless, little is known about when and whether infants can be guided by contextual information to select the relevant properties from amongst those available to them. We show here that by 10 months of age infants can be biased, through observational learning, to use one or the other of two object properties for classification. Two groups of infants watched an actress classifying objects by either shape (the Shape group) or surface pattern (the Pattern group). When subsequently presented with two test trials which contradicted either one or the other of the classification rules, infants in the two groups looked longer to the classification event that was incompatible with the rule that group had been familiarized to. These results are discussed with reference to the development of selective feature processing in infancy.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Categorization, context dependence, observational learning, selective attention
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 14:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:52


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