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Look who's talking: Pre-verbal infants' perception of face-to-face and back-to-back social interactions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2010 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, no 1, 161Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Four-, 6-, and 11-month old infants were presented with movies in which two adult actors conversed about everyday events, either by facing each other or looking in opposite directions. Infants from 6 months of age made more gaze shifts between the actors, in accordance with the flow of conversation, when the actors were facing each other. A second experiment demonstrated that gaze following alone did not cause this difference. Instead the results are consistent with a social cognitive interpretation, suggesting that infants perceive the difference between face-to-face and back-to-back conversations and that they prefer to attend to a typical pattern of social interaction from 6 months of age.

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2010. no 1, 161
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infants, social cognition, gaze following, social interaction, eye tracking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213375DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00161ISI: 000208849100058PubMedID: 21833226OAI: diva2:681819
Available from: 2013-12-20 Created: 2013-12-20 Last updated: 2015-08-14Bibliographically approved

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