A developmental dissociation of view-dependent and view-invariant object recognition in adolescence

Martin Jüttner, Alexander Müller and Ingo Rentschler

Spatial generalization skills in school children aged 8-16 were studied with regard to unfamiliar objects that had been previously learned in a cross-modal priming and learning paradigm. We observed a developmental dissociation with younger children recognizing objects only from previously learnt perspectives whereas older children generalized acquired object knowledge to new viewpoints as well. Haptic and - to a lesser extent - visual priming improved spatial generalization in all but the youngest children. The data supports the idea of dissociable, view-dependent and view-invariant object representations with different developmental trajectories that are subject to modulatory effects of priming. Late-developing areas in the parietal or the prefrontal cortex may account for the retarded onset of view-invariant object recognition.

Keywords: object recognition, representation, development, adolescence, learning, viewpoint invariance, cross-modal, priming, haptic

Rentschler, I., Jüttner, M., Osman, E., Müller, A. & Caelli, T. (2004) Development of configural 3D object recognition. Behavioural Brain Research 149, 107-111.