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    Rights statement: 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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdep.12098/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Child Development Perspectives
Issue number1
Volume9
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)7-13
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/12/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

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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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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdep.12098/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.