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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Catherine O'Hanlon,
Professor Jenny Read
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2017.
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Sixty-eight 2- to 12-year-olds and 30 adults were shown colorful displays on a touchscreen monitor and trained to point to the location of a named color. Participants located targets near-perfectly when presented with four abutting colored patches. When presented with three colored patches on a colored background, toddlers failed to locate targets in the background. Eye tracking demonstrated that the effect was partially mediated by a tendency not to fixate the background. However, the effect was abolished when the targets were named as nouns, whilst the change to nouns had little impact on eye movement patterns. Our results imply a powerful, inbuilt tendency to attend to objects, which may slow the development of color concepts and acquisition of color words.
Author(s): O'Hanlon CG, Read JCA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Developmental Science
Print publication date: 01/09/2017
Online publication date: 22/11/2016
Acceptance date: 04/07/2016
Date deposited: 15/08/2016
ISSN (print): 1363-755X
ISSN (electronic): 1467-7687
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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