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Alfredo F. Pereira, Karin H. James, Susan S. Jones, Linda B. Smith; Early biases and developmental changes in self-generated object views. Journal of Vision 2010;10(11):22. doi: 10.1167/10.11.22.
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Object recognition depends on the seen views of objects. These views depend in part on the perceivers' own actions as they select and show object views to themselves. The self-selection of object views from manual exploration of objects during infancy and childhood may be particularly informative about the human object recognition system and its development. Here, we report for the first time on the structure of object views generated by 12 to 36 month old children (N = 54) and for comparison adults (N = 17) during manual and visual exploration of objects. Object views were recorded via a tiny video camera placed low on the participant's forehead. The findings indicate two viewing biases that grow rapidly in the first three years: a bias for planar views and for views of objects in an upright position. These biases also strongly characterize adult viewing. We discuss the implications of these findings for a developmentally complete theory of object recognition.
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