Infants' Recognition of Contour-Deleted Figures

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Rose, Susan A., Jankowski, Jeffery J. and Senior, Graeme J.. 1997. "Infants' Recognition of Contour-Deleted Figures." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 23 (4), pp. 1206-1216. https://doi.org/10.1037/0096-1523.23.4.1206
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Infants' Recognition of Contour-Deleted Figures

ERA Journal ID6406
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsRose, Susan A., Jankowski, Jeffery J. and Senior, Graeme J.
Journal TitleJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Journal Citation23 (4), pp. 1206-1216
Number of Pages11
Year1997
ISSN0096-1523
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1037/0096-1523.23.4.1206
Web Address (URL)https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1997-05321-017?doi=1
Abstract

Infants' recognition of contour-deleted figures was investigated in four experiments using a habituation procedure. The results indicate that 12-month-old infants could recognize line drawings of figures that were missing 33%, 50%, or even as much as 66% of their contour. This was so whether the contour-deleted versions were used on habituation or on test: Intact figures were recognized after habituation to contour-deleted exemplars, and in most cases contour-deleted ones were recognized after habituation to the intact figure. The single failure appeared to be due to difficulty in discriminating between two extremely impoverished test stimuli. Findings from the final experiment, in which infants recognized complements of contour-deleted stimuli but not scrambled versions, suggested that they fill in the gaps of the contour-deleted figures so as to create a figural whole.

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PubMed ID9269733
FunderEunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Byline AffiliationsAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, United States
University of Southern Queensland
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