Motion perception: A review of developmental changes and the role of early visual experience

Batsheva Hadad, Sivan Schwartz, Daphne Maurer, Terri L. Lewis

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Significant controversies have arisen over the developmental trajectory for the perception of global motion. Studies diverge on the age at which it becomes adult-like, with estimates ranging from as young as 3 years to as old as 16. In this article, we review these apparently conflicting results and suggest a potentially unifying hypothesis that may also account for the contradictory literature in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We also discuss the extent to which patterned visual input during this period is necessary for the later development of motion perception. We conclude by addressing recent studies directly comparing different types of motion integration, both in typical and atypical development, and suggest areas ripe for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number49
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
Issue numberSEP
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Meskers, de Groot, de Vlugt and Schouten.


  • ASD autism spectrum disorders
  • Biological motion
  • Deprivation amblyopia
  • Development
  • Form-from-motion
  • Global motion
  • Visual deprivation
  • Visual experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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