Infants and I scales

Inferring change from the ordinal stimulus selections of infants for configural stimuli

Hoben Thomas, Victoria J Molfese

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The analysis of I-scale preference orders of 71 infants 2 to 9 months old to four face-like stimuli suggested a common J-scale stimulus ordering for each of the four age groups. Changes in I-scale frequencies were used as a measure of age-related changes in preference orders. Results revealed no change in preference for the age period studied. Together with other data these results suggest an ageinvariant preference for organized face-like forms from at least as early as five weeks through 9 months. This finding is at variance with some theoretical expectations. A Thurstone analysis is provided as a contrast to the J-scale analysis. Assumptions of different data analyses are considered as the basis for varying results reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-339
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

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Infants and I scales : Inferring change from the ordinal stimulus selections of infants for configural stimuli. / Thomas, Hoben; Molfese, Victoria J.

In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.01.1977, p. 329-339.

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