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CMB Monday Seminar - Karinna Hurley & Heidi Baumgartner

Mar 08, 2010
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM

267 Cousteau Place, Large Conference Room

The Development of Visual Short-Term Memory in Infancy


We present a series of behavioral studies that examine the development of infants’ visual short-term memory (VSTM) capacity during the first year of life.  Previous work has suggested that object identity (color) and binding of color and location develop dramatically from 6 to 8 months (Oakes et al., 2006; Ross-Sheehy et al., 2003). We know less about infants’ VSTM for object location.  It is still unclear if the processing of object location develops differently from the processing of object identity, and if infants encode the location of individual objects in VSTM.  Using a using change detection task we assessed 4- to 12-month-old infants’ VSTM for location.  Consistent with previous work, we observed an abrupt shift in VSTM from 6 to 8 months of age.

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