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    Social gaze in preterm infants may act as an early indicator of atypical lateralization

    Davis, R. and Donati, Georgina and Finnegan, K. and Boardman, J. and Dean, B. and Fletcher-Watson, S. and Forrester, Gillian (2022) Social gaze in preterm infants may act as an early indicator of atypical lateralization. Child Development 93 (4), pp. 869-880. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    Visual field biases have been identified as markers of atypical lateralization in children with developmental conditions, but this is the first investigation to consider early lateralized gaze behaviors for social stimuli in preterm infants. Eye-tracking methods with 51 preterm (33 male, 92.1% White) and 61 term-born (31 male, 90.1% White) infants aged 8–10 months from Edinburgh, UK, captured the development of visual field biases, comparing gaze behavior to social and non-social stimuli on the left versus right of the screen. Preterm infants showed a significantly reduced interest to social stimuli on the left versus right compared to term children (d = .58). Preterm children exhibit early differential orienting preferences that may be an early indicator of atypical lateralized function.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Gillian Forrester
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 15:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:15


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