ERIC Number: EJ959379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Infants' Developing Understanding of Social Gaze
Beier, Jonathan S.; Spelke, Elizabeth S.
Child Development, v83 n2 p486-496 Mar-Apr 2012
Young infants are sensitive to self-directed social actions, but do they appreciate the intentional, target-directed nature of such behaviors? The authors addressed this question by investigating infants' understanding of social gaze in third-party interactions (N = 104). Ten-month-old infants discriminated between 2 people in mutual versus averted gaze, and expected a person to look at her social partner during conversation. In contrast, 9-month-old infants showed neither ability, even when provided with information that highlighted the gazer's social goals. These results indicate considerable improvement in infants' abilities to analyze the social gaze of others toward the end of their 1st year, which may relate to their appreciation of gaze as both a social and goal-directed action.
Descriptors: Infants, Social Behavior, Infant Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship, Nonverbal Communication, Child Development, Cognitive Ability
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