Head and eyes: Looking behavior in 12- to 24-month-old infants

Borjon, Jeremy I., Abney, Drew H., Yu, Chen and Smith, Linda B. (2021) Head and eyes: Looking behavior in 12- to 24-month-old infants. Journal of Vision, 21 (8). ISSN 1534-7362

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This study demonstrates evidence for a foundational process underlying active vision in older infants during object play. Using head-mounted eye-tracking and motion capture, looks to an object are shown to be tightly linked to and synchronous with a stilled head, regardless of the duration of gaze, for infants 12 to 24 months of age. Despite being a developmental period of rapid and marked changes in motor abilities, the dynamic coordination of head stabilization and sustained gaze to a visual target is developmentally invariant during the examined age range. The findings indicate that looking with an aligned head and eyes is a fundamental property of human vision and highlights the importance of studying looking behavior in freely moving perceivers in everyday contexts, opening new questions about the role of body movement in both typical and atypical development of visual attention.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Supported by the National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship under Grant No. 1908519 (JIB), by Indiana University’s Emerging Area of Research Initiative (JIB, CY, LBS), the National Institutes of Health grant R01HD074601 and R01HD093792 (CY, LBS).
Uncontrolled Keywords: active vision,attention,head-eye alignment,infant vision,motor development,sensorimotor coordination,ophthalmology,sensory systems ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2731
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 02:15
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 01:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81673
DOI: 10.1167/jov.21.8.18


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