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    Phenomenal permanence and the development of predictive tracking in infancy

    Bertenthal, B.I. and Longo, Matthew R. and Kenny, S. (2007) Phenomenal permanence and the development of predictive tracking in infancy. Child Development 78 (1), pp. 350-363. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    The perceived spatiotemporal continuity of objects depends on the way they appear and disappear as they move in the spatial layout. This study investigated whether infants' predictive tracking of a briefly occluded object is sensitive to the manner by which the object disappears and reappears. Five‐, 7‐, and 9‐month‐old infants were shown a ball rolling across a visual scene and briefly disappearing via kinetic occlusion, instantaneous disappearance, implosion, or virtual occlusion. Three different measures converged to show that predictive tracking increased with age and that infants were most likely to anticipate the reappearance of the ball following kinetic occlusion. These results suggest that infants' knowledge of the permanence and nonpermanence of objects is embodied in their predictive tracking.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 09:59
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:56


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