The development of contour processing abilities in the second year

Forbes, Samuel ORCID: and Plunkett, Kim (2021) The development of contour processing abilities in the second year. Developmental Psychology, 57 (5). 639–650. ISSN 0012-1649

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Recent years have seen a rise in the popularity of eye-tracking methods to evaluate infant and toddler interpretation of visual stimuli. The application of these methods makes it increasingly important to understand the development of infant sensitivity to the perceptual properties implicated in such methods. In light of recent studies that demonstrate the use of pseudoisochromatic plates in testing infants for color vision, we investigated the perceptual contouring abilities required to pass a color-vision test of this type. A total of 115 (51 female) 16- and 19-month-old U.K.-based participants from the Oxfordshire region participated in this study. The evidence collected in this study indicated their ability to systematically fixate a contoured target, but the speed at which they did so was much slower in the younger age group. These findings suggest that the perceptual contouring abilities implicated in this study are still under development in the second year of life, and as such, the results suggest a lower age limit for color-vision tests displayed in this format.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: demography,developmental and educational psychology,life-span and life-course studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3317
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 01:02
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 08:33
DOI: 10.1037/dev0001021


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