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Cognition. 2003 Jul;88(3):259-76.

The "what" and "where" of object representations in infancy.

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  • 1Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX London, UK. d.mareschal@bbk.ac.uk

Abstract

Four-month-olds' memory for surface feature and location information was tested following brief occlusions. When the target objects were images of female faces or monochromatic asterisks infants showed increased looking times following a change in identity or color but not following a change in location or combinations of feature and location information. When the target objects were images of manipulable toys, the infants showed increased looking times following a change in location but not identity or the binding of location and identity information. This evidence is consistent with the idea that young infants are unable to maintain the information processed separately in both the dorsal and ventral visual streams during occlusions. Our results suggest that it is the target's affordance for action that determines whether the dorsal or ventral information is selectively maintained during occlusion.

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