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ERIC Number: EJ952972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Automated Gaze-Contingent Objects Elicit Orientation Following in 8-Month-Old Infants
Deligianni, Fani; Senju, Atsushi; Gergely, Gyorgy; Csibra, Gergely
Developmental Psychology, v47 n6 p1499-1503 Nov 2011
The current study tested whether the purely amodal cue of contingency elicits orientation following behavior in 8-month-old infants. We presented 8-month-old infants with automated objects without human features that did or did not react contingently to the infants' fixations recorded by an eye tracker. We found that an object's occasional orientation toward peripheral targets was reciprocated by a congruent visual orientation following response by infants only when it had displayed gaze-contingent interactivity. Our finding demonstrates that infants' gaze-following behavior does not depend on the presence of a human being. The results are consistent with the idea that, in 8-month-old infants, the detection of contingent reactivity, like other communicative signals, can itself elicit the illusion of being addressed. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)