Infants' responses to real humans and representations of humans

Heron, Michelle and Slaughter, Virginia (2010) Infants' responses to real humans and representations of humans. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34 1: 34-45. doi:10.1177/0165025409345047

Author Heron, Michelle
Slaughter, Virginia
Title Infants' responses to real humans and representations of humans
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0254
Publication date 2010-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0165025409345047
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 34
End page 45
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Abstract Infants responses to typical and scrambled human body shapes were assessed in relation to the realism of the human body stimuli presented. In four separate experiments, infants were familiarized to typical human bodies and then shown a series of scrambled human bodies on the test. Looking behaviour was assessed in response to a range of different human body stimulus types including real people, mannequins, dolls and large human body photographs. Results were compared with previous experiments showing that when presented with small drawings, photographs or dolls, infants demonstrate knowledge about the whole human body shape only after their first birthday (Slaughter & Heron, 2004). In the current study, recognition of the typical human body shape was evident as early as 9 months of age when the stimuli were real humans, and infants responses to the various types of representations were linked to the realism of the portrayal. This pattern of findings indicates that even simple visual responses are not independent of the nature of the stimuli used to elicit them. © 2010 The International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development.
Keyword Childhood Development
Infant cognition
Picture perception
Symbolic Play
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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