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Functional Features in Language and SpaceInsights from Perception, Categorization, and Development$
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Laura Carlson and Emile van der Zee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264339

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.001.0001

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Shape: A Developmental Product

Shape: A Developmental Product

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(p.235) 16 Shape: A Developmental Product
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Functional Features in Language and Space
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LINDA B. SMITH

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.003.0016

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.

Keywords:   object recognition, perception, object shape, children, category learning

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