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Preserved visual representations despite change blindness in infants


Address for correspondence: Su-hua Wang, Department of Psychology, University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA; e-mail:


Combining theoretical hypotheses of infant cognition and adult perception, we present evidence that infants can maintain visual representations despite their failure to detect a change. Infants under 12 months typically fail to notice a change to an object's height in a covering event. The present experiments demonstrated that 11-month-old infants can nevertheless maintain a viable representation of both the pre- and post-change heights despite their ‘change blindness’. These results suggest that infants, like adults, can simultaneously maintain multiple representations, even if they do not optimally use them.