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ERIC Number: EJ858438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Faces Attract Infants' Attention in Complex Displays
Gliga, Teodora; Elsabbagh, Mayada; Andravizou, Athina; Johnson, Mark
Infancy, v14 n5 p550-562 2009
Infant's face preferences have previously been assessed in displays containing 1 or 2 faces. Here we present 6-month-old infants with a complex visual array containing faces among multiple visual objects. Despite the competing objects, infants direct their first saccade toward faces more frequently than expected by chance (Experiment 1). The attention-grabbing effect of faces is not selective to upright faces (Experiment 2) but does require the presence of internal facial elements, as faces whose interior has been phase-scrambled did not attract infants' attention (Experiment 3). On the contrary, when the number of fixations is considered, upright faces are scanned more extensively than both inverted and phase-scrambled faces. The difference in selectivity between the first look measure and the fixation count measure is discussed in light of a distinction between attention-grabbing and attention-holding mechanisms. (Contains 1 footnote and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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