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Infants' developing understanding of social gaze.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22224547     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Jonathan S Beier; Elizabeth S Spelke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2012-01-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2012 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-15     Completed Date:  2012-08-03     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  486-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology*
Discrimination Learning
Emotional Intelligence
Fixation, Ocular*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Nonverbal Communication*
Pattern Recognition, Visual
Social Behavior*
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