Stimulus salience and relational task performance
Previous research has inferred relational processing from infants' increased attention to stimuli containing different elements following habituation to a series of stimuli containing identical elements. This finding was replicated, but infants were also found to prefer the different-element stimuli without prior habituation. Infants' performance on this task may be attributed to stimulus salience rather than relational processing.
relational processing, visual preferences, stimulus salience
Colombo, John, Marion O'Brien, D. Wayne Mitchell, and Frances Degen Horowitz. "Stimulus salience and relational task performance." Infant Behavior and Development 9, no. 3 (1986): 377-380.