ERIC Number: EJ1178720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Training Basic Visual Attention Leads to Changes in Responsiveness to Social-Communicative Cues in 9-Month-Olds
Forssman, Linda; Wass, Sam V.
Child Development, v89 n3 pe199-e213 May-Jun 2018
This study investigated transfer effects of gaze-interactive attention training to more complex social and cognitive skills in infancy. Seventy 9-month-olds were assigned to a training group (n = 35) or an active control group (n = 35). Before, after, and at 6-week follow-up both groups completed an assessment battery assessing transfer to nontrained aspects of attention control, including table top tasks assessing social attention in seminaturalistic contexts. Transfer effects were found on nontrained screen-based tasks but importantly also on a structured observation task assessing the infants' likelihood to respond to an adult's social-communication cues. The results causally link basic attention skills and more complex social-communicative skills and provide a principle for studying causal mechanisms of early development.
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Interpersonal Communication, Infant Behavior, Communication Skills, Correlation, Transfer of Training, Teaching Methods, Observation, Task Analysis, Attention Control, Attribution Theory, Control Groups, Cognitive Ability, Comparative Analysis, Child Development, Computer Assisted Testing
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