ERIC Number: ED080167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Mother-Stranger Discrimination in the Early Weeks of Life.
Carpenter, Genevieve C.
A report is presented which relates to a general hypothesis suggested by previous data on visual response to faces that in the first weeks of life infants develop expectations regarding the human face. Three predictions were made: (1) Silent human faces would elicit less direct regard than faces accompanied by voices; (2) A familiar face would evoke more direct regard than the unfamiliar one; and (3) "Matched" face-voice combinations would evoke more direct regard than "mismatched" combinations. To test these predictions, the ocular responses of 19 full-term, normal female infants were observed once a week from age two weeks through seven weeks in a repeated measures design. Results indicate that the infants studied underwent very early learning. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Saint Mary's Hospital Medical School.
Note: Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 29 - April 1, 1973)