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The Function of Shifting Fixations in the Visual Perception of Infants

Holly A. Ruff
Child Development
Vol. 46, No. 4 (Dec., 1975), pp. 857-865
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128390
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128390
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The Function of Shifting Fixations in the Visual Perception of Infants
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Abstract

The processes underlying infants' shifts of fixation from 1 stimulus to another were explored in 3 studies. The results suggest that infants 3 months and older shift more when the 2 stimuli of a pair are similar than when they are different. Shifting is affected by stimulus repetition as well. There were age differences in the number of shifts per trial, with older infants shifting more. The possibility that shifting may facilitate stimulus recognition is discussed.

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