Seminar Series

Visuomotor Development: Making Visual Sense of the World

What does the visual world of an infant look like? Does what they see affect what they can learn? Can knowledge of this world be used to help infants learn more? The Infant Vision Laboratory has been working over the past five years on many aspects of visual and oculomotor development. In this talk, I will describe some of our results from these different areas of research. First I will discuss one study relating to the development of binocularity, and will show how this has altered our current understanding of the neural mechanisms of this process. Next, I will describe studies that have investigated the development of infant preferences for different types of visual images. The results of such studies can be used to design optimal stimuli to look at learning and memory in infants. We have then used this information to test infant memory using stimuli designed specifically for their visual capacities. Our results suggest that this could be important in determining the memory capacity of very young infants. Previous research could well have underestimated this. This work has been supported by grants from the MRC, EPSRC and Dorling Kindersley Publishing Ltd.