Psychology Department Research Colloquium

The Psychology Department invites you to a research colloquium on Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m. in 29 Hauser Hall. The topic discussed will be "Infants' Responses to Pictures of Possible and Impossible Objects." How do infants respond to visual displays of “impossible” objects relative to “possible” ones? This presentation will highlight data from converging methods used with infants (e.g., looking time, eye tracking and reaching tasks) revealing that babies recognize the differences between structurally coherent and incoherent figures. Infants as young as 4-months responded with greater visual interest toward pictures of impossible cubes vs. possible ones. Results show that some of the mechanisms for analyzing both local and global properties of shape develop earlier in postnatal life than was previously believed.

Sarah Shuwairi, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in the Cognition & Perception program at NYU in 2008, and was a full time faculty member at CUNY for several years. Her research focuses on object perception in early infancy. She is currently teaching courses in Perception and Infant Development at Columbia University, and she continues to carry out her research at NYU.


For more information, contact Dr. Amy Masnick at

Friday, March 15, 2013





Hauser Hall
Hauser Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Amy Masnick

Phone: 516-463-5757

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