Faces attract infants' attention in complex displays

Gliga, Teodora, Elsabbagh, Mayada, Andravizou, Athina and Johnson, Mark (2009) Faces attract infants' attention in complex displays. Infancy, 14 (5). pp. 550-562. ISSN 1525-0008

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Infant's face preferences have previously been assessed in displays containing 1 or 2 faces. Here we present 6-month-old infants with a complex visual array containing faces among multiple visual objects. Despite the competing objects, infants direct their first saccade toward faces more frequently than expected by chance (Experiment 1). The attention-grabbing effect of faces is not selective to upright faces (Experiment 2) but does require the presence of internal facial elements, as faces whose interior has been phase-scrambled did not attract infants' attention (Experiment 3). On the contrary, when the number of fixations is considered, upright faces are scanned more extensively than both inverted and phase-scrambled faces. The difference in selectivity between the first look measure and the fixation count measure is discussed in light of a distinction between attention-grabbing and attention-holding mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pediatrics, perinatology, and child health,developmental and educational psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2735
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 18:30
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94475
DOI: 10.1080/15250000903144199

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