Beyond 'what' and 'how many': Capacity, complexity, and resolution of infants' object representations

Jennifer M. Zosh, Lisa Feigenson

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In this chapter, the authors have suggested that to comprehend object representations, one must come to understand the working memory system that supports their storage and maintenance. The authors offer a developmental perspective to this approach. One of the most controversial revelations of this work has been that, starting quite early in the first year of life, infants can think about objects in the absence of direct perceptual evidence of their existence. More recent work has demonstrated that nonhuman species like monkeys can also represent and reason about unseen objects. It has been discussed also that thinking and reasoning about hidden objects requires memory. Without a mental storage system in which object representations can be maintained and processed, infants and monkeys would not be able to expect hidden objects to be solid, continuous, or cohesive - out of sight is out of mind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Origins of Object Knowledge
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191696039
ISBN (Print)9780199216895
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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