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Why did the research with the "visual cliff" suggest that some depth perception is inborn? Also, why do 2 month old babies show no fear when placed on the EDGE of the cliff but 6 month old babies did (in the "visual cliff" research)?

Why did the research with the "visual cliff" suggest that some depth perception is inborn? Also, why do 2 month old babies show no fear when placed on the EDGE of the cliff but 6 month old babies did (in the "visual cliff" research)?

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A. Babies in all species learn depth perception through experience
B. Human and animal babies hesitate or show fear at the EDGE of the \cliff\\
C. Toddlers at age 2 do not show fear of falling off the EDGE
D. None of these options

This question is part of Exam One (Chap 1, 2, 4) Fall 2011
Asked by Sstjuste, Last updated: Nov 23, 2018

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j.Mark

J.Mark

Answered on Jan 02, 2018

The correct answer would be “babies in all species learn depth perception through experience”. If the correct answer were that “human and animal babies hesitate and show fear at the edge of the cliff”, the two month old babies would also be exhibiting fear.

However, the question clearly says that the two month old babies have no fear at the edge of the “cliff”. It’s only when the six month old babies are put on the edge of the “cliff” that there is some fear. Since the “cliff” edge is simply covered in glass, and is actually safe, it makes sense that if the baby can’t sense depth, the picture would look as though it’s all level. Therefore, babies learn their depth perception through experience.

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John Adney

John Adney

Answered on Apr 20, 2017

Human and animal babies hesitate or show fear at the edge of the cliff.
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John Adney

John Adney

Answered on Apr 19, 2017

1 babies in all species learn depth perception through experience.
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Dec 17, 2016

Human and animal babies hesitate or show fear at the edge of the "cliff"
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