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The Effects of Preference for Visual Complexity on Habituation of Visual Fixation in Infants

Cheryl J. Brown
Child Development
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Dec., 1974), pp. 1166-1169
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128116
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128116
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Abstract

To determine the relative effects of complexity values and preference values on habituation to a visual stimulus, 8-week-old infants were presented with either a 2 X 2, 8 X 8, or 24 X 24 checkerboard pattern for a 4-minute period. These stimuli were chosen because, for infants at this age, the 8 X 8 pattern is the most preferred stimulus, although the 24 X 24 pattern is the most complex in terms of physical dimensions. The Ss who were presented with the 8 X 8 pattern showed significantly less habituation than Ss in the other 2 groups which did not differ. These results do not support the hypothesis that degree of habituation is linearly related to complexity per se, but instead suggest that habituation is a linear function of preference for complexity.

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