Perception of three-dimensional shape specified by optic flow by 8-week-old infants

Martha E. Arterberry, Albert Yonas

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Abstract

Sensitivity of 8-week-old infants to optical flow specifying the shape of a three-dimensional object was assessed. Infants viewed kinetic random-dot displays that specified three-dimensional cubes. The cubes were identical except for the presence or absence of an interior corner. Half of the infants viewed the full display. The other half viewed the central region of the displays, where the flow specifying the presence or absence of the corner differed. Infants in the full-view condition looked significantly longer to a novel cube than to the familiar cube following habituation. In contrast, infants in the partial-view condition looked equally to the novel and familiar cubes, ruling out the possibility that infants who viewed the full displays merely discriminated differences in motion in the central region of the two displays. These findings suggest that infants as young as 8 weeks perceive three-dimensional object shape from optic flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-556
Number of pages7
JournalPerception and Psychophysics
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

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