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    “Are you looking at me?” How children’s gaze judgments improve with age

    Mareschal, I. and Otsuka, Y. and Clifford, C.W.G. and Mareschal, Denis (2016) “Are you looking at me?” How children’s gaze judgments improve with age. Developmental Psychology 52 (5), pp. 695-703. ISSN 0012-1649.

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    Adults’ judgments of another person’s gaze reflect both sensory (e.g., perceptual) and nonsensory (e.g., decisional) processes. We examined how children’s performance on a gaze categorization task develops over time by varying uncertainty in the stimulus presented to 6- to 11- year-olds (n = 57). We found that younger children responded “direct” over a wider range of gaze deviations. We also found that increasing uncertainty led to an increase in direct responses, across all age groups. A simple model to account for these data revealed that although younger children had a noisier sensory representation of the stimulus, most developmental changes in gaze were because of a change in children’s response criteria (category boundaries). These results suggest that although the core mechanisms for gaze processing are already in place by the age of 6, their development continues across the whole of childhood. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


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    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
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    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 14:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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