The effect of spatial characteristics on inhibition of return in 6-month-old infants
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Inhibition of return (IOR) is the tendency to reduce attention to a previously cued location. Infant studies have found that IOR develops between the ages of four and six months of age. The methodology used in infant studies is comparable to those used in studying IOR in adults. However, recent adult research has found that the spatial characteristics of the cues and targets play a role in observing inhibition. This study examined these effects on IOR in 6-month-old infants. The results replicated previous findings of IOR in 6-month-olds and also found differences in RT to stimuli that differed in spatial characteristics in some conditions. The findings of this study indicate that future research needs to be implemented to further understand the effects of stimuli on IOR in young infants.