Infant color perception: insight into perceptual development

Skelton, Alice E, Maule, John and Franklin, Anna (2022) Infant color perception: insight into perceptual development. Child Development Perspectives. pp. 1-6. ISSN 1750-8592

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Abstract

A remarkable amount of perceptual development occurs in the first year after birth. In this article, we spotlight the case of color perception. We outline how within just 6 months, infants go from very limited detection of color as newborns to a more sophisticated perception of color that enables them to make sense of objects and the world around them. We summarize the evidence that by 6 months, infants can perceive the dimensions of color and categorize it, and have at least rudimentary mechanisms to keep color perceptually constant despite variation in illumination. In addition, infants’ sensitivity to color relates to statistical regularities of color in natural scenes. We illustrate the contribution of these findings to understanding the development of perceptual skills such as discrimination, categorization, and constancy. We also discuss the relevance of the findings for broader questions about perceptual development and identify directions for research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 15:58
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 07:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105068

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