Picturing Objects in Infancy

J L Shinskey, Liza Jachens

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Abstract

Infants’ transfer of information from pictures to objects was tested by familiarizing 9‐month‐olds (N = 31) with either a color or black‐and‐white photograph of an object and observing their preferential reaching for the real target object versus a distractor. One condition tested object recognition by keeping both objects visible, and the other tested object representation by hiding both objects. On visible trials, infants reached more for the distractor, indicating they recognized the target object from its picture. On hidden trials, infants reached more for the target object, suggesting they formed a continued representation of the object based on its picture. Photograph color had no effect. Infants thus show picture‐to‐object transfer by 9 months with preferential reaching, even with black‐and‐white pictures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1813-1820
Number of pages8
JournalChild Development
Volume85
Issue number5
Early online date29 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

Keywords

  • INFANTS
  • Learning
  • OBJECT RECOGNITION
  • OBJECT PERMANENCE

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