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Automated gaze-contingent objects elicit orientation following in 8-month-old infants

Deligianni, F. and Senju, Atsushi and Gergely, G. and Csibra, Gergely (2011) Automated gaze-contingent objects elicit orientation following in 8-month-old infants. Developmental Psychology 47 (6), pp. 1499-1503. ISSN 0012-1649.

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Official URL: http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/a0025659

Abstract

The current study tested whether the purely amodal cue of contingency elicit orientation following behaviour in 8-months-old infants. We presented 8-month-old infants with automated objects without human features that did or did not react contingently to the infants' fixations recorded by an eye-tracker. We found that an object's occasional orientation towards peripheral targets was reciprocated by a congruent visual orientation following response by infants only when it had displayed gaze-contingent interactivity. Our finding demonstrates that infants' gaze following behaviour does not depend on the presence of a human being. The results are consistent with the idea that the detection of contingent reactivity, like other communicative signals, can itself elicit the illusion of being addressed in 8-months-old infants.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Gergely Csibra
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 14:30
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4175

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