Head and shoulders, knees and toes:Which parts of the body are necessary to be seen?

McGuigan, N. and Doherty, M.J. (2006) Head and shoulders, knees and toes:Which parts of the body are necessary to be seen? British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24 (4). pp. 727-732. ISSN 0261-510X

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Abstract

Children aged 2 and 3 years were tested for a previously neglected form of knowledge about visual perception; namely, whether an observer can see a figure that is partially occluded. The results indicate that for children of this age the visibility of a figure's face is crucial for judging visibility, whereas the visibility of the legs is not. This phenomenon is limited to human-like figures. Results are explained in terms of engagement, a precursor to a mature understanding of attention.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social and Developmental Psychology
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 12:01
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 08:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/54877
DOI: 10.1348/026151005X66837

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