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ERIC Number: EJ788107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Growth and Visual Information Processing in Infants in Southern Ethiopia
Kennedy, Tay; Thomas, David G.; Woltamo, Tesfaye; Abebe, Yewelsew; Hubbs-Tait, Laura; Sykova, Vladimira; Stoecker, Barbara J.; Hambidge, K. Michael
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v29 n2 p129-140 Mar-Apr 2008
Speed of information processing and recognition memory can be assessed in infants using a visual information processing (VIP) paradigm. In a sample of 100 infants 6-8 months of age from Southern Ethiopia, we assessed relations between growth and VIP. The 69 infants who completed the VIP protocol had a mean weight z score of -1.12 plus or minus 1.19 SD, and length z score of -1.05 plus or minus] 1.31. The age-appropriate novelty preference was shown by only 12 infants. When age was controlled, longest look duration during familiarization was predicted by weight (sr[superscript 2] = 0.16, p = 0.001) and length (sr[superscript 2] = 0.05, p = 0.058), and mean look duration during test phases was predicted by head circumference (sr[superscript 2] = 0.08, p = 0.018) implying that growth is associated with development of VIP. These data support the validity of VIP as a measure of infant cognitive development that is sensitive to nutritional factors and flexible enough to be adapted to individual cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia