The cat among the pigeons: categorical pop-out in infant visual attention.

Catherwood, Dianne F, Skoien, Petra and Green, Vanessa A (1995) The cat among the pigeons: categorical pop-out in infant visual attention. Australian Journal of Psychology, 47 (1). pp. 1-7. doi:10.1080/00049539508258762

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In order to assess whether infant attention would be directed towards a visual stimulus that was categorically at odds with surrounding stimuli, 16 infants (mean age = 39 weeks) were presented with 5 displays, each comprising a pair of categorically related items (2 birds) and a pair of unrelated items (bird and cat). The infants displayed earlier and longer fixation to the latter pair, with primary response to the discrepant item in this pair (the cat). Three preliminary experiments with 30 infants (mean age = 38 weeks) discounted a priori preferences for the cat as an explanation of these results, and confirmed that infants were able to discern the categorical similarity amongst the bird items, while also being able to discriminate these items.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infant visual attention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Dianne Catherwood
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 15:39
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:05

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