Perception of object persistence : the origins of object permanence in infancy

Bremner, J. Gavin and Slater, Alan and Johnson, Scott (2015) Perception of object persistence : the origins of object permanence in infancy. Child Development Perspectives, 9 (1). pp. 7-13. ISSN 1750-8592

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A dominant account of object knowledge in infancy is based on the assumption that infants possess innate core knowledge of objects through which they reason about events and look longer at those that violate their expectations on the basis of this knowledge. In this paper we propose a perceptual model in which younger infants' perception of object persistence is subject to greater perceptual constraints compared with infants a few months older, and in which young infants require multiple cues to perceive object persistence across occlusion. Young infants perceive object persistence under limited conditions, and over the early months perception of persistence becomes more robust. We suggest that the same analysis may be applied to cases in which stationary objects are occluded, including tasks assessing infants' numerical competence. It is argued that these perceptual developments within the first 6 months likely underpin the later development of cognitive principles including object permanence.

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Child Development Perspectives
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M. and Johnson, S. P. (2015), Perception of Object Persistence: The Origins of Object Permanence in Infancy. Child Dev Perspect, 9: 7–13. doi:10.1111/cdep.12098 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? object persistenceinfant perceptiontrajectory perceptiontrajectory continuityobject unity object permanence object perceptionpsychology(all)pediatrics, perinatology, and child healthlife-span and life-course studiesdevelopmental and educational psychology ??
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05 Sep 2014 11:47
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