Three-quarter view preference for three-dimensional objects in 8-month-old infants

J Vis. 2014 Apr 4;14(4):5. doi: 10.1167/14.4.5.


This study examined infants' visual perception of three-dimensional common objects. It has been reported that human adults perceive object images in a view-dependent manner: three-quarter views are often preferred to other views, and the sensitivity to object orientation is lower for three-quarter views than for other views. We tested whether such characteristics were observed in 6- to 8-month-old infants by measuring their preferential looking behavior. In Experiment 1 we examined 190- to 240-day-olds' sensitivity to orientation change and in Experiment 2 we examined these infants' preferential looking for the three-quarter view. The 240-day-old infants showed a pattern of results similar to adults for some objects, while the 190-day-old infants did not. The 240-day-old infants' perception of object view is (partly) similar to that of adults. These results suggest that human visual perception of three-dimensional objects develops at 6 to 8 months of age.

Keywords: canonical view; development; nonface object; object orientation; object perception; object view; three-quarter view.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular / physiology
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional*
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Orientation / physiology
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
  • Sensory Thresholds / physiology
  • Visual Perception / physiology*