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Infant Perception of Looming Stimuli

For this project we are researching how infant perceive different looming objects. Children watch a short video that involves different animals growing larger as if they are approaching. The animals include bunnies, snakes, spiders and butterflies. Previous research has shown that infants of this age are not afraid of these animals but they do pay attention to them.

Infant Transitive Inference

For this project, we are interested in children's ability to understand a concept called transitive inference. Transitive inference is the ability to make indirect logical inferences. For example that "A" is greater than "C" based on the knowledge that "A" is greater than "B;" and "B" is greater than "C."

Geometric Navigation

This study examines children's ability to use geometric cues when navigating. They play a hiding and finding game with some toys. The child will be shown a toy being hidden somewhere in the room. After the toy is hidden, the child will be spun around while covering their eyes. Once spun around, they will be asked to find the hidden toy.




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    It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge - Jean Piaget

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