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Infant Perception: from Sensation to Cognition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121786014, 9781483271200

Infant Perception: from Sensation to Cognition

1st Edition

Basic Visual Processes

Editors: Leslie B. Cohen Philip Salapatek
eBook ISBN: 9781483271200
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 1975
Page Count: 442
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Infant Perception: From Sensation to Cognition, Volume I: Basic Visual Processes focuses on the study and programmatic investigations of infant perception, examining early sensory, perceptual, and cognitive systems. This book is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 analyzes the major physiological and behavioral techniques used to measure infant vision. Each technique is critically evaluated in terms of the method employed, type of data that can be obtained, and anatomy of the visual system. The neuronal model to explain developmental changes and techniques used to assess infant visual preferences for patterns varying in amount of contour are discussed in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 demonstrates the value of the corneal reflection technique for the study of infant attention and visual scanning patterns, while Chapter 4 examines the developmental changes and individual differences in early pattern perception. The last chapter concentrates on the evidence of infant visual preferences for novelty and on the implications of such evidence for models of early recognition memory. This publication is a good reference for pediatricians and clinicians concerned with infant perception.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Contents of Volume II

Chapter 1: Infant Visual Perception: Methods of Study

I. Introduction

II. Anatomy

III. The Electroretinogram

IV. Visually Evoked Potential

V. Electrooculography

VI. Optokinetic Nystagmus

VII. Corneal Reflection

VIII. Conclusion


Chapter 2: A Neuronal Activity Model for Infant Visual Attention

I. Behavioral Preferences

II. Visual System Maturation Related to Pattern Processing at the Neurological Level

III. Measurement of Gross Electrical Phenomena Assumed to Correlate with Activity in Pools of Neurons

IV. Cortically Evoked Potentials

V. Infant Pattern-Dependent VEPs

VI. General Implications and Conclusions

VII. Summary


Chapter 3: Pattern Perception in Early Infancy

I. Introduction

II. Theories of Perceptual Learning and Development

III. Lines of Evidence Particularly Relevant to Innate Organization, Focal Processing, and Oculomotor Involvement in Perceptual Learning and Development

IV. Infant Research Relevant to the Issues Raised

V. Early Perceptual Development Reconsidered

VI. Two versus Three Dimensions, Figure versus Object, and Static versus Dynamic Cues: The Limitations of This Chapter


Chapter 4: Early Visual Selectivity

I. Introduction

II. Method and Concepts

III. Form Variations

IV. Quantitative Pattern Variations

V. Other Stimulus Variations

VI. Variations in Subject Samples

VII. Discussion and Theory


Chapter 5: Infant Visual Memory

I. Introduction

II. Qualitative Changes in Memory Development

III. Behaviors Implying Infant Memory

IV. Paired-Comparison versus Habituation Paradigms

V. Parameters Affecting Infant Recognition

VI. Models of Infant Habituation and Memory

VII. Summary and Conclusions


Author Index

Subject Index


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About the Editors

Leslie B. Cohen

Philip Salapatek

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