A Modular Geometric Mechanism for Reorientation in Children

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A Modular Geometric Mechanism for Reorientation in Children

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Title: A Modular Geometric Mechanism for Reorientation in Children
Author: Lee, Sang Ah; Spelke, Elizabeth S.

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Citation: Lee, Sang Ah, and Elizabeth S. Spelke. 2010. A modular geometric mechanism for reorientation in children. Cognitive Psychology 61(2): 152-176.
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Abstract: Although disoriented young children reorient themselves in relation to the shape of the surrounding surface layout, cognitive accounts of this ability vary. The present paper tests three theories of reorientation: a snapshot theory based on visual image-matching computations, an adaptive combination theory proposing that diverse environmental cues to orientation are weighted according to their experienced reliability, and a modular theory centering on encapsulated computations of the shape of the extended surface layout. Seven experiments test these theories by manipulating four properties of objects placed within a cylindrical space: their size, motion, dimensionality, and distance from the space’s borders. Their findings support the modular theory and suggest that disoriented search behavior centers on two processes: a reorientation process based on the geometry of the 3D surface layout, and a beacon-guidance process based on the local features of objects and surface markings.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2010.04.002
Other Sources: http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~lds/pdfs/Lee%20Spelke%20in%20press.pdf
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