Dissociations between featural versus conjunction-based texture processing in infancy: analyses of three potential contributing factors
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Many models of object perception posit that adults encode individual features in visual scenes before processing the conjunction relations among these features to generate holistic representations. Prior research suggests that infants detect textural discrepancies based on individual features more readily than those based on feature conjunctions. While these results suggest adult-like qualitative differences in infants' processing of features versus conjunctions, there are potential alternative explanations. We examined three such explanations: (1) failure to process one of the features that constitute the conjunction, (2) failure to encode and remember conjunction information that is necessary to detect conjunction-based textural discrepancies, and (3) the fact that conjunction-based discrepancies involve stimuli that are more similar to original stimuli than those involving feature-based discrepancies. None of these factors could explain 5.5-month-olds' superior processing of featural than conjunction-based textural discrepancies. Thus, in infancy, as in adulthood, features and conjunction relations appear to be processed by qualitatively different mechanisms.
DOI der Originalausgabehttps://doi.org/10.1006/jecp.2000.2568
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology