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Lisa Oakes, Cara Cashon, Marianella Casasola, and David Rakison

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366709.001.0001

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A Constructivist View of Object Perception in Infancy

A Constructivist View of Object Perception in Infancy

(p.51) 3 A Constructivist View of Object Perception in Infancy
Infant Perception and Cognition

Scott P. Johnson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes a body of research whose goal is to understand and explain the development of object perception in infancy. First, it presents a picture of object perception as a psychological construct, and how it might be decomposable into tasks amenable to empirical investigation in infancy. Second, it describes several theoretical accounts that inform questions of infants' object perception. Third, it summarizes recent research that has examined in detail the mechanisms of active assembly. Finally, the chapter considers the state of our knowledge of infants' object perception in light of recent advances in modeling, and discusses briefly the “bigger picture,” asking in particular what remains to be determined.

Keywords:   infant object perception, active assembly, visual system, empirical investigation

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