Infant sensitivity to figural coherence in biomechanical motions.

@article{Bertenthal1984InfantST,
  title={Infant sensitivity to figural coherence in biomechanical motions.},
  author={Bennett I. Bertenthal and Dennis R. Proffitt and James E. Cutting},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={1984},
  volume={37 2},
  pages={
          213-30
        }
}

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