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date: 27 May 2020

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We inhabit a world of objects, and we perceive objects in highly consistent ways: as having boundaries and edges that may be fully visible or partly hidden, as persistent across time and space, as coherent and stable, and as having a specific identity. This chapter describes research that explores developmental processes by which infants come to share these same kinds of object perception. Evidence points to a strong sensory and cognitive foundation at birth for object perception, and an important role for learning these properties of objects; these innate and learned means of perceiving objects work together to impart a view of a stable visual environment. The infant’s own self-produced behavior—patterns of eye movements and manual experience, in particular—are important means by which infants discover and build the visual world.

Keywords: object unity, object boundaries, object persistence, object coherence, object identity, perceptual development, learning

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