Infant Perception: from Sensation to Cognition

Infant Perception: from Sensation to Cognition

Basic Visual Processes

1st Edition - October 28, 1975

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  • Editors: Leslie B. Cohen, Philip Salapatek
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271200

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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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  • No. of pages: 442
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1975
  • Published: October 28, 1975
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271200

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Leslie B. Cohen

Philip Salapatek

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