Shape: A Developmental Product
This chapter considers the idea that the perception of object shape — perceptions of the kind that can yield rapid and reliable object recognition — is learned by young children through their actions on objects as a product of category learning. Action-based categories create shape caricatures, abstractions that enable the systematic broadening of recognition beyond specific experiences. Thus, the processes that yield facile and reliable recognition may not be pre-specified in the visual system but rather may be experience dependent.
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