Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Visible Displacement

  • Rebecca SingerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1532-1



Visible displacement is the ability to locate a hidden object after seeing that object placed in, under, or behind an occluder.


Visible displacement is one stage of developing object permanence. Object permanence is the understanding that objects exist even when they not able to be directly perceived. Piaget (1954) proposed that human children develop object permanence during the sensorimotor period of development. Further, object permanence skill developed slowly in six stages. In the first stage, human infants show no response to the disappearance of an object. Infants in stage 2 will track an object of interest but will not follow the object once it is out of sight. Further, they show no anticipation of where the object would logically be once it moves out of sight. By stage 3, children can locate partially hidden objects such as a toy that is sticking out from under a blanket. Children will successfully retrieve fully hidden...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown CollegeGeorgetownUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Dawson Clary
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada