Compound-stimulus information processing by 3-month-old infants.

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According to Cohen's (1973) component-compound developmental hypothesis, before 20 weeks of age, infants do not process compound-stimulus information when presented with simple colored forms. This hypothesis was examined in the present study. Eighty 3-month-old infants were presented with novel and familiar simple colored forms (e.g., red square vs. green square). Conditions were controlled so that novelty discriminations based on component- or compound-stimulus information could be separated. Contrary to the component-compound developmental hypothesis, the results indicate that by 12 weeks of age infants encode compound-stimulus information when presented with simple colored forms. These results are discussed in terms of the property-set model of stimulus recognition (Hayes-Roth & Hayes-Roth, 1977).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-365
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of genetic psychology ; child behavior, animal behavior, and comparative psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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