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Effects of gesture and target on 12- and 18-month-olds' joint visual attention to objects in front of or behind them.
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PMID:  10902702     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Factors affecting joint visual attention in 12- and 18-month-olds were investigated. In Experiment 1 infants responded to 1 of 3 parental gestures: looking, looking and pointing, or looking, pointing, and verbalizing. Target objects were either identical to or distinctive from distractor objects. Targets were in front of or behind the infant to test G. E. Butterworth's (1991b) hypothesis that 12-month-olds do not follow gaze to objects behind them. Pointing elicited more episodes of joint visual attention than looking alone. Distinctive targets elicited more episodes of joint visual attention than identical targets. Although infants most reliably followed gestures to targets in front of them, even 12-month-olds followed gestures to targets behind them. In Experiment 2 parents were rotated so that the magnitude of their head turns to fixate front and back targets was equivalent. Infants looked more at front than at back targets, but there was also an effect of magnitude of head turn. Infants' relative neglect of back targets is partly due to the "size" of adult's gesture.
G O Deák; R A Flom; A D Pick
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-21     Completed Date:  2000-11-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  511-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Imitative Behavior*
Infant Behavior*
Parent-Child Relations
Space Perception
Visual Perception*

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