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


Catherwood, D and Green, VA and Skoien, P and Holt, C, The cat among the pigeons:Categorical pop-out in infant visual attention, Australian Journal of Psychology, 47, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 0004-9530 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00049539508258762


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. 1995 Australian Psychological Society

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Green, VA (Dr Vanessa Green)
ID Code:39173
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-04-05
Last Modified:2006-04-05

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