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ERIC Number: EJ818716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Neural Processing of Eye Gaze and Threat-Related Emotional Facial Expressions in Infancy
Hoehl, Stefanie; Striano, Tricia
Child Development, v79 n6 p1752-1760 Nov-Dec 2008
Combined with emotional expressions, eye gaze can provide essential information to indicate threat in the environment. The current study assessed the effects of eye gaze direction on infants' neural processing of fearful and angry faces. Event-related potentials were recorded from thirteen 7-month-old infants. Two face-sensitive posterior components, the N290 and P400, as well as a frontocentral negative component (Nc), indicating attentional arousal, were sensitive to eye gaze direction and emotion. A larger Nc was observed for angry faces with direct compared to averted eye gaze. Fearful faces elicited a larger N290 than angry faces, whereas angry faces elicited a more prominent P400 regardless of eye gaze direction. The findings are discussed in terms of early social cognitive and neural development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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