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Infants prefer motionese to adult-directed action.
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PMID:  19046154     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In two studies, we investigated infants' preference for infant-directed (ID) action or 'motionese' (Brand, Baldwin & Ashburn, 2002) relative to adult-directed (AD) action. In Study 1, full-featured videos were shown to 32 6- to 8-month-olds, who demonstrated a strong preference for ID action. In Study 2, infants at 6-8 months (n= 28) and 11-13 months (n= 24) were shown either standard ID and AD clips, or clips in which demonstrators' faces were blurred to obscure emotional and eye-gaze information. Across both ages, infants showed evidence of preferring ID to AD action, even when faces were blurred. Infants did not have a preference for still-frame images of the demonstrators, indicating that the ID preference arose from action characteristics, not demonstrators' general appearance. These results suggest that motionese enhances infants' attention to action, possibly supporting infants' learning.
Rebecca J Brand; Wendy L Shallcross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-02     Completed Date:  2009-08-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  853-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attention / physiology*
Child Development / physiology*
Choice Behavior / physiology*
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Visual Perception / physiology*

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