Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy

Andrew J. Bremner*, Peter Bryant, Denis Mareschal, Ágnes Volein

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In a series of experiments we tested 4- and 8-month-olds' ability to represent the spatial layout of an object across changes in its orientation with respect to egocentric spatial coordinates. A fixed-trial familiarization procedure based on visual habituation behaviour shows that both age groups are able to discriminate between different object-centred spatial configurations. Furthermore, both age groups demonstrate the ability to make discriminations of object-centred spatial coordinates that require simultaneous reference to at least two spatial axes of the object. We discuss these findings in relation to theories of the early development of object recognition and spatial reference skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-926
Number of pages31
JournalVisual Cognition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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