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The visual cliff experiment the researchers used pictures to create an illusion of a three dimension environment on a two dimensional surface to determine when infants sense of depth perception would override the need to be near a care giver as they would be able to determine a potential point of danger within the two dimensional images.
The experimenters found that there was an average age of development in infants in which they perceived the visual cliff in the form of a sharp drop off presented in the two dimensional images which would lead to them not crawling over the “cliff” towards their care giver. Research has shown that there is a correlation between development of identifying the visual cues of depth perception with awareness of environment and motor skills.
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