Development of attention to faces during the first 3 years: Influences of stimulus type

Klaus Libertus, Rebecca J. Landa, Joshua L. Haworth

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Abstract

The development of attention toward faces was explored during the first 3 years of life in 54 children aged between 3 and 36 months. In contrast to previous research, attention to faces was assessed using both static images and a dynamic video sequence in the same participants. Separate analyses at each age and exploratory longitudinal analyses indicate a preference for faces during the first year, followed by a decline during the second year. These results suggest that attention to faces does not follow a linear increasing pattern over development, and that social attention patterns are influenced by stimulus characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1976
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume8
Issue numberNOV
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2017

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Eye tracking
  • Face preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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