Cognition 85 (3):71-81 (2002)

Two studies investigated the development of infants' visual preferences for the human body shape. In Study 1, infants of 12,15 and 18 months were tested in a standard preferential looking experiment, in which they were shown paired line drawings of typical and scrambled bodies. Results indicated that the 18-month-olds had a reliable preference for the scrambled body shapes over typical body shapes, while the younger infants did not show differential responding. In Study 2, 12- and 18-month-olds were tested with the same procedure, except that the typical and scrambled body stimuli were photographic images. The results of Study 2 again indicated that only the 18-month-olds had a reliable preference for the scrambled body shapes. This finding contrasts sharply with infants' precocious preferences for human faces, suggesting that infants' learning about human faces and human bodies follow different developmental trajectories. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved
Keywords C1  780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences  Psychology, Experimental   Human Body Shape   Infancy   Visual Preference   Body Schema   Face-like Stimuli   Newborn-infants   Discrimination   Coherence  380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
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DOI 10.1016/s0010-0277(02)00111-7
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