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Use of configurational geometry for spatial orientation in human infants (homo sapiens).

Garrad-Cole, Frances and Lew, Adina R. and Bremner, J. Gavin and Whitaker, Christopher J. (2001) Use of configurational geometry for spatial orientation in human infants (homo sapiens). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 115 (3). pp. 317-320. ISSN 0735-7036

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Abstract

Research with both rats and human infants has found that after inertial disorientation, the geometry of an enclosed environment is used in preference over distinctive featural information during goal localization. Infants (Homo sapiens, 18-24 months) were presented with a toy search task involving inertial disorientation in 1 of 2 conditions. In the identical condition, 4 identical hiding boxes in a rectangular formation were set within a circular enclosure. In the distinctive condition, 4 distinctive hiding boxes were used. Infants searched the goal box and its rotational equivalent significantly more than would be expected by chance in the identical condition, showing that they were sensitive to the geometric configuration of the array of boxes. Unlike the results of studies using a rectangular enclosure, however, in the distinctive condition, infants searched at the correct location significantly more than at other locations.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Comparative Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18819
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2008 11:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18819

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