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    Using saliency maps to separate competing processes in infant visual cognition

    Althaus, Nadja and Mareschal, Denis (2012) Using saliency maps to separate competing processes in infant visual cognition. Child Development 83 (4), pp. 1122-1128. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    This article presents an eye-tracking study using a novel combination of visual saliency maps and “area-of-interest” analyses to explore online feature extraction during category learning in infants. Category learning in 12-month-olds (N = 22) involved a transition from looking at high-saliency image regions to looking at more informative, highly variable object parts. In contrast, 4-month-olds (N = 27) exhibited a different pattern displaying a similar decreasing impact of saliency accompanied by a steady focus on the object’s center, indicating that targeted feature extraction during category learning develops across the 1st year of life. These results illustrate how the effects of lower and higher level processes may be disentangled using a combined saliency map and area-of-interest analysis.


    Item Type: Article
    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: 27 Apr 2012 09:20
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:57


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