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ERIC Number: ED101838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 12
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Heart Rate Deceleration as a Function of Viewing Complex Visual Events in Eighteen-Month-Old Infants.
Gilmore, Lowry M.; And Others
This research project assessed: (1) the practicality of recording heart rate in 18-month-old infants as they watched events filmed on color, silent motion picture films; and (2) the validity and sensitivity of heart rate change as an index of differential attention arousal elicited by changes within and between complex visual events. The research also attempted to replicate the results of Golinkoff's experiments which probed for cognitive categories in infants having relevance for linguistic development. Twelve male and 12 female infants, 17-19 months of age, were randomly assigned to one of three transformation groups involving anomaly with a direction change, anomaly with a position change, or a nonanomalous transformation that involved a position and direction change. Heart rate and visual fixations were recorded as each subject was presented with the standard event, repeated six times, followed by one of the three transformation events, repeated six times. Findings indicated that heart rate can be measured in 18-month-olds watching filmed events and that heart rate seems to sensitively assess attentional changes. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 30-September 3, 1974)