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Age and emotional salience of stimuli alter the expression of visual recognition memory

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Recognition memory is typically demonstrated in the Visual Paired Comparison (VPC) task when infants display a preference for looking at a novel stimulus compared to a stimulus which they have been recently habituated. Events occurring during the habituation period may, however, alter the expression of a visual preference from novelty to familiarity. The present study examined the effect of emotionally salient habituation stimuli on the expression of recognition memory. Eighty infants aged between 6-and 24-months were habituated to an interactive glove puppet. Visual recognition memory was tested immediately with static pictures of the familiar and a novel puppet. The expected novelty preference was notably absent in 6-, 9-and 12-monthold infants. Eighteen- and 24-month-old infants exhibited a visual preference for the familiar stimulus. Familiarity preferences appear to be an important measure of recognition memory that evolve with age and social competence across the infancy period.

Publication Date


  • 2006

Citation


  • Brown, A., Robinson, A., Herbert, J. S., & Pascalis, O. (2006). Age and emotional salience of stimuli alter the expression of visual recognition memory. Current Psychology Letters: Behaviour, Brain and Cognition, 20(3), 1-10.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85011396192

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 10

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Recognition memory is typically demonstrated in the Visual Paired Comparison (VPC) task when infants display a preference for looking at a novel stimulus compared to a stimulus which they have been recently habituated. Events occurring during the habituation period may, however, alter the expression of a visual preference from novelty to familiarity. The present study examined the effect of emotionally salient habituation stimuli on the expression of recognition memory. Eighty infants aged between 6-and 24-months were habituated to an interactive glove puppet. Visual recognition memory was tested immediately with static pictures of the familiar and a novel puppet. The expected novelty preference was notably absent in 6-, 9-and 12-monthold infants. Eighteen- and 24-month-old infants exhibited a visual preference for the familiar stimulus. Familiarity preferences appear to be an important measure of recognition memory that evolve with age and social competence across the infancy period.

Publication Date


  • 2006

Citation


  • Brown, A., Robinson, A., Herbert, J. S., & Pascalis, O. (2006). Age and emotional salience of stimuli alter the expression of visual recognition memory. Current Psychology Letters: Behaviour, Brain and Cognition, 20(3), 1-10.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85011396192

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 10

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 3