Influence of eye gaze on spoken word processing: an ERP study with infants
Parise, E. and Handl, Andrea and Palumbo, L. and Friederici, A.D. (2011) Influence of eye gaze on spoken word processing: an ERP study with infants. Child Development 82 (3), pp. 842-853. ISSN 0009-3920.
Eye gaze is an important communicative signal, both as mutual eye contact and as referential gaze to objects. To examine whether attention to speech versus nonspeech stimuli in 4- to 5-month-olds (nâ€ƒ=â€ƒ15) varies as a function of eye gaze, event-related brain potentials were used. Faces with mutual or averted gaze were presented in combination with forward- or backward-spoken words. Infants rapidly processed gaze and spoken words in combination. A late Slow Wave suggests an interaction of the 2 factors, separating backward-spoken wordâ€ƒ+â€ƒdirect gaze from all other conditions. An additional experiment (nâ€ƒ=â€ƒ15) extended the results to referential gaze. The current findings suggest that interactions between visual and auditory cues are present early in infancy.
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Date Deposited:||16 Jun 2011 14:12|
|Last Modified:||17 Apr 2013 12:20|
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