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The attribution of attention: 9-month-olds' interpretation of gaze as goal-directed action.
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PMID:  17683339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The current study distinguishes between attributions of goal-directed perception (i.e. attention) and non-goal-directed perception to examine 9-month-olds' interpretation of others' head and eye turns. In a looking time task, 9-month-olds encoded the relationship between an actor's head and eye turns and a target object if the head and eye turns were embedded in a sequence of multiple, variable actions with equifinal outcomes, but not otherwise. This evidence supports the claim that infants of this age may attribute perception, at least goal-directed perception, to others and undermines arguments that gaze-following at this age consists only of uninterpreted reflexes. The evidence also suggests alternative interpretations of the typical errors infants make in standard gaze-following procedures. Implications for infants' understanding of perception and attention in both human and non-human agents are discussed.
Susan C Johnson; Su-Jeong Ok; Yuyan Luo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1363-755X     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-08     Completed Date:  2007-10-24     Revised Date:  2007-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  530-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Developmental Biology
Fixation, Ocular
Infant Behavior
Models, Biological
Models, Neurological
Pattern Recognition, Visual
Video Recording
Visual Perception
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