A developmental approach to the study of shape processing

Joan S. Girgus

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Young children show deficits in shape recognition under piecemeal presentation (i.e., sequential, aperture-viewing) conditions for forms that they can recognize accurately under free-viewing conditions. Two factors that differentiate between these two situations are: (1) S can look at each view more than once in the free-viewing but not in the previously used aperture-viewing situations, and (2) the amount of the shape visible per view may not have been the Ss' preferred unit for processing. The experiment reported here uses Ss, aged 4.7-10.7 years, to explore the relative contributions of these factors. Both increasing the number of "looks" per view and the amount of shape available per view increased the number of correct recognitions at all ages. It seems likely that both of these factors are often involved in accurate shape processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-374
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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