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ERIC Number: EJ935888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Neural Correlates of Individual Differences in Infant Visual Attention and Recognition Memory
Reynolds, Greg D.; Guy, Maggie W.; Zhang, Dantong
Infancy, v16 n4 p368-391 Jul-Aug 2011
Past studies have identified individual differences in infant visual attention based upon peak look duration during initial exposure to a stimulus. Colombo and colleagues found that infants that demonstrate brief visual fixations (i.e., short lookers) during familiarization are more likely to demonstrate evidence of recognition memory during subsequent stimulus exposure than infants that demonstrate long visual fixations (i.e., long lookers). This study utilized event-related potentials (ERPs) to examine possible neural mechanisms associated with individual differences in visual attention and recognition memory for 6- and 7.5-month-old infants. Short- and long-looking infants viewed images of familiar and novel objects during ERP testing. There was a stimulus type by looker type interaction at temporal and frontal electrodes on the late slow wave (LSW). Short lookers demonstrated an LSW that was significantly greater in amplitude in response to novel stimulus presentations. No significant differences in LSW amplitude were found based on stimulus type for long lookers. These results indicate deeper processing and recognition memory of the familiar stimulus for short lookers. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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