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    Infants' selective attention to reliable visual cues in the presence of salient distractors

    Tummeltshammer, K.S. and Mareschal, Denis and Kirkham, Natasha Z. (2014) Infants' selective attention to reliable visual cues in the presence of salient distractors. Child Development 85 (5), pp. 1981-1994. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    With many features competing for attention in their visual environment, infants must learn to deploy attention toward informative cues while ignoring distractions. Three eye tracking experiments were conducted to investigate whether 6- and 8-month-olds (total N = 102) would shift attention away from a distractor stimulus to learn a cue–reward relation. While 8-month-olds showed evidence of increasingly selective attention toward the predictive cues, even when the distractors were highly salient, 6-month-olds shifted attention toward the predictive cues only when the distractors were equally (not more) engaging. These experiments suggest that attention in infancy is highly dependent on the relative weightings of predictiveness and visual salience, which may differ across development and context.


    Item Type: Article
    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)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 10:52
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:10


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