Two are better than one: Comparison influences infants' visual recognition memory.

Oakes, Lisa M, Kovack-Lesh, Kristine A and Horst, Jessica S (2009) Two are better than one: Comparison influences infants' visual recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104 (1). pp. 124-131. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

Despite a large literature on infants’ memory for visually presented stimuli, the processes underlying visual memory are not well understood. Two studies with 4-month-olds (N = 60) examined the effects of providing opportunities for comparison of items on infants’ memory for those items. Experiment 1 revealed that 4-month-olds failed to show evidence of memory for an item presented during familiarization in a standard task (i.e., when only one item was presented during familiarization). In Experiment 2, infants showed robust memory for one of two different items presented during familiarization. Thus, infants’ memory for the distinctive features of individual items was enhanced when they could compare items.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: co-author, third author
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology Including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood
Depositing User: Jessica Horst
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 11:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14725
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