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Hue is an absolute code for young children



THE question of how young children see, remember, and learn represents a recurring theme in psychology. Bryant1 has argued provocatively that “young children can on the whole register and remember relative values with great ease, but have problems in situations in which they must remember absolute values along any continuum”. Bryant shows1 how this view of early cognitive functioning accounts for the results from studies of children's responses to several environmental continua of a perceptual nature (for example, orientation, size, and position). I have, however, observed that young infants respond to changes of wavelength in a manner which indicates that they code hue absolutely.

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