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Young children ignore background colours

A study involving Newcastle researchers has shown that young children ignore background colours when looking at pictures.

A newly published study has shown that when looking at pictures young children seem to ignore colours when they are in the background of a scene. The study involved Jenny Read, professor of vision science. If you ask them to point to something blue for instance they will have no problem if there is a blue object in the picture. However if the only blue in the picture was the sky they would not be able to complete the task. 

You can read the full story on the Newcastle University press office, the scientific paper was published in Developmental Science and there is more information on Professor Read's research.  

published on: 9 December 2016