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Bremner, J. Gavin; Hatton, Fran; Foster, Kirsty A.; Mason, Uschi – Developmental Science, 2011
Although there is much research on infants' ability to orient in space, little is known regarding the information they use to do so. This research uses a rotating room to evaluate the relative contribution of visual and vestibular information to location of a target following bodily rotation. Adults responded precisely on the basis of visual flow…
Descriptors: Infants, Adults, Spatial Ability, Orientation
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Koldewyn, Kami; Whitney, David; Rivera, Susan M. – Developmental Science, 2011
Recent evidence suggests those with autism may be generally impaired in visual motion perception. To examine this, we investigated both coherent and biological motion processing in adolescents with autism employing both psychophysical and fMRI methods. Those with autism performed as well as matched controls during coherent motion perception but…
Descriptors: Autism, Adolescents, Visual Perception, Motion
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Cowan, Nelson; AuBuchon, Angela M.; Gilchrist, Amanda L.; Ricker, Timothy J.; Saults, J. Scott – Developmental Science, 2011
Why does visual working memory performance increase with age in childhood? One recent study (Cowan et al., 2010b) ruled out the possibility that the basic cause is a tendency in young children to clutter working memory with less-relevant items (within a concurrent array, colored items presented in one of two shapes). The age differences in memory…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Short Term Memory, Visual Perception, Young Children
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Innes-Brown, Hamish; Barutchu, Ayla; Shivdasani, Mohit N.; Crewther, David P.; Grayden, David B.; Paolini, Antonio – Developmental Science, 2011
Audio-visual integration was studied in children aged 8-17 (N = 30) and adults (N = 22) using the "flash-beep illusion" paradigm, where the presentation of two beeps causes a single flash to be perceived as two flashes ("fission" illusion), and a single beep causes two flashes to be perceived as one flash ("fusion" illusion). Children reported…
Descriptors: Children, Adults, Age Differences, Sensory Integration
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Smith, Linda B.; Jones, Susan S. – Developmental Science, 2011
Object substitutions in play (e.g. using a box as a car) are strongly linked to language learning and their absence is a diagnostic marker of language delay. Classic accounts posit a symbolic function that underlies both words and object substitutions. Here we show that object substitutions depend on developmental changes in visual object…
Descriptors: Play, Recognition (Psychology), Visual Perception, Language Acquisition
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Kaldy, Zsuzsa; Kraper, Catherine; Carter, Alice S.; Blaser, Erik – Developmental Science, 2011
Plaisted, O'Riordan and colleagues (Plaisted, O'Riordan & Baron-Cohen, 1998; O'Riordan, 2004) showed that school-age children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are faster at finding targets in certain types of visual search tasks than typical controls. Currently though, there is very little known about the visual search skills of very…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Toddlers, Visual Perception
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Ross-Sheehy, Shannon; Oakes, Lisa M.; Luck, Steven J. – Developmental Science, 2011
Two experiments examined the hypothesis that developing visual attentional mechanisms influence infants' Visual Short-Term Memory (VSTM) in the context of multiple items. Five- and 10-month-old infants (N = 76) received a change detection task in which arrays of three differently colored squares appeared and disappeared. On each trial one square…
Descriptors: Attention, Infants, Visual Perception, Short Term Memory
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O'Hearn, Kirsten; Roth, Jennifer K.; Courtney, Susan M.; Luna, Beatriz; Street, Whitney; Terwillinger, Robert; Landau, Barbara – Developmental Science, 2011
Williams syndrome (WS) is a genetic disorder associated with severe visuospatial deficits, relatively strong language skills, heightened social interest, and increased attention to faces. On the basis of the visuospatial deficits, this disorder has been characterized primarily as a deficit of the dorsal stream, the occipitoparietal brain regions…
Descriptors: Visual Stimuli, Topography, Earth Science, Language Skills
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Huyck, Julia Jones; Wright, Beverly A. – Developmental Science, 2011
Adults can improve their performance on many perceptual tasks with training, but when does the response to training become mature? To investigate this question, we trained 11-year-olds, 14-year-olds and adults on a basic auditory task (temporal-interval discrimination) using a multiple-session training regimen known to be effective for adults. The…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Visual Perception, Cognitive Style, Age Differences
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James, Karin Harman; Swain, Shelley N. – Developmental Science, 2011
Previous research shows that sensory and motor systems interact during perception, but how these connections among systems are created during development is unknown. The current work exposes young children to novel "verbs" and objects through either (a) actively exploring the objects or (b) by seeing an experimenter interact with the objects.…
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Auditory Perception, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Psychomotor Skills
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Tanaka, James W.; Meixner, Tamara L.; Kantner, Justin – Developmental Science, 2011
While much developmental research has focused on the strategies that children employ to recognize faces, less is known about the principles governing the organization of face exemplars in perceptual memory. In this study, we tested a novel, child-friendly paradigm for investigating the organization of face, bird and car exemplars. Children ages…
Descriptors: Animals, Children, Adults, Visual Perception
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Valenza, Eloisa; Bulf, Hermann – Developmental Science, 2011
The present study aimed to investigate whether perceptual completion is available at birth, in the absence of any visual experience. An extremely underspecified kinetic visual display composed of four spatially separated fragments arranged to give rise to an illusory rectangle that occluded a vertical rod (illusory condition) or rotated so as not…
Descriptors: Evidence, Stimuli, Mechanics (Physics), Neonates
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Balas, Benjamin; Westerlund, Alissa; Hung, Katherine; Nelson, Charles A., III – Developmental Science, 2011
The "other-race" effect describes the phenomenon in which faces are difficult to distinguish from one another if they belong to an ethnic or racial group to which the observer has had little exposure. Adult observers typically display multiple forms of recognition error for other-race faces, and infants exhibit behavioral evidence of a developing…
Descriptors: Race, Racial Factors, Infants, Visual Stimuli
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Annaz, Dagmara; Remington, Anna; Milne, Elizabeth; Coleman, Mike; Campbell, Ruth; Thomas, Michael S. C.; Swettenham, John – Developmental Science, 2010
Recent findings suggest that children with autism may be impaired in the perception of biological motion from moving point-light displays. Some children with autism also have abnormally high motion coherence thresholds. In the current study we tested a group of children with autism and a group of typically developing children aged 5 to 12 years of…
Descriptors: Autism, Visual Discrimination, Motion, Cognitive Processes
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Hoehl, Stefanie; Striano, Tricia – Developmental Science, 2010
Recent research has demonstrated that infants' attention towards novel objects is affected by an adult's emotional expression and eye gaze toward the object. The current event-related potential (ERP) study investigated how infants at 3, 6, and 9 months of age process fearful compared to neutral faces looking toward objects or averting gaze away…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Infants, Brain
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