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Object categorisation, object naming, and viewpoint-independence in visual remembering: Evidence from young children's drawings of a novel object

Walker, Peter and Bremner, J. Gavin and Smart, Laura and Pitt, Tracy and Apsey, Denise (2008) Object categorisation, object naming, and viewpoint-independence in visual remembering: Evidence from young children's drawings of a novel object. Memory, 16 (6). pp. 626-636. ISSN 0965-8211

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Abstract

A simple object-drawing task confirms a three-way association between object categorisation, viewpoint independence, and longer-term visual remembering. Young children (5- to 7-year-olds) drew a familiar object or a novel object, immediately after it had been hidden from view or on the following day. Both objects were shown from a full range of viewpoints or from just two viewpoints, from neither of which would either object normally be drawn after unrestricted viewing. When drawing from short-term memory after restricted viewing, both objects were most likely to be depicted from a seen viewpoint. When drawing from longer-term memory after restricted viewing, the novel object continued to be drawn from a seen viewpoint, but the mug was now most likely to be drawn from a preferred viewpoint from which it had not been seen. Naming the novel object with a novel count noun ("Look at this. This is a dax"), to signal that it belonged to an object category, resulted in it being drawn in the same way as the familiar object. The results concur with other evidence indicating that short-term and longer-term visual remembering are differentially associated with viewpoint-dependent representations of individual objects and viewpoint independent representations of object categories, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Memory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 11081
Deposited By: Dr Peter Walker
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2008 13:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2016 01:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11081

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