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The Looking Chamber Experiment, Robert Fantz, 1961
Essays in Developmental Psychology
Randall Summers, Charles Golden, Lisa Lashley, & Erica Ailes
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The Looking Chamber Experiment refers to a series of studies performed by Robert Fantz in 1961. Before the work of Fantz, little research was conducted on infant perception. There was presupposition that infants held the ability to perceive light, color and movement, yet, lacked the ability to respond to complex stimulus (i.e. shape, pattern, size, or solidity). Fantz and his colleagues were specifically interested in finding the degree in which babies can perceive form to categorize their current environment. They created their research techniques on past observational studies with chicks and chimpanzees. To look at the visual abilities of infants, researchers followed eye activity to examine the way infants recognize different forms and their preference, if any.
experimental observation, infant perception, looking chamber experiment, observational studies, perception and cognition, Robert Fantz, stimuli response, visual acuity
Lashley, L. K.,
Golden, C. J.
(2020). The Looking Chamber Experiment, Robert Fantz, 1961. Essays in Developmental Psychology.
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