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Automated gaze-contingent objects elicit orientation following in 8-month-old infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21942669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Fani Deligianni; Atsushi Senju; György Gergely; Gergely Csibra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-09-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1939-0599     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-08     Completed Date:  2012-03-12     Revised Date:  2014-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1499-503     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attention / physiology*
Fixation, Ocular / physiology*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Infant Behavior / physiology*
Orientation / physiology*
Photic Stimulation / methods
Visual Perception*
Grant Support
G1100252//Medical Research Council

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