Do the same principles constrain persisting object representations in infant cognition and adult perception?: The cases of continuity and cohesion

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© Oxford University Press, 2009. All rights reserved. In recent years, the study of object persistence has undergone a major rebirth in the two fields of cognitive science - infant cognition and adult vision science. Given the difference between the two, some researchers have suggested that they may in fact be studying the same underlying mental processes. This idea promises to drive further progress by generating novel predictions that can then be tested in both fields. The authors in this chapter focus on the understanding of two core principles of persistence - continuity and cohesion. The initial explorations of both principles in infant cognition directly inspired research in adult vision science, which in turn sparked further and more specific explorations of the operation of these principles back in infant cognition. The case studies presented in this chapter highlight the benefits of explicitly and directly exploring how infant cognition research can inform adult perception research, and vice versa.

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Cited Authors

  • Cheries, EW; Mitroff, SR; Wynn, K; Scholl, BJ

Published Date

  • March 22, 2012

Book Title

  • The Origins of Object Knowledge

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780191696039

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216895.003.0005

Citation Source

  • Scopus