Developmental dissociation of analytical and holistic object recognition in adolescence

M. Jüttner, E. Wakui, D. Petters, J. Hummel, J. Davidoff

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Previous research (e.g., Jüttner et al, 2013, Developmental Psychology, 49, 161-176) has shown that object recognition may develop well into late childhood and adolescence. The present study extends that research and reveals novel di erences in holistic and analytic recognition performance in 7-11 year olds compared to that seen in adults. We interpret our data within Hummel’s hybrid model of object recognition (Hummel, 2001, Visual Cognition, 8, 489-517) that proposes two parallel routes for recognition (analytic vs. holistic) modulated by attention. Using a repetition-priming paradigm, we found in Experiment 1 that children showed no holistic priming, but only analytic priming. Given that holistic priming might be thought to be more ‘primitive’, we confirmed in Experiment 2 that our surprising finding was not because children’s analytic recognition was merely a result of name repetition. Our results suggest a developmental primacy of analytic object recognition. By contrast, holistic object recognition skills appear to emerge with a much more protracted trajectory extending into late adolescence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19
Number of pages1
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Event36th European Conference on Visual Perception - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 25 Aug 200329 Aug 2003

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