Visual Attention to Dynamic Spatial Relations in Infants and Adults
2016 (English)In: Infancy, ISSN 1525-0008, E-ISSN 1532-7078, Vol. 21, no 1, 90-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Previous research has found that kinematic features of interactions, such as spatial proximity, capture adult visual attention. The current research uses online measures of gaze behavior to determine attentional capture to objects with reduced interobject spacing in adults as well as infants at 5 and 12months. The three age groups observed three identical geometrical shapes that moved randomly. Relative distance between the objects was mapped and intervals of high and low spatial proximity were identified. Findings demonstrate that only adults and 12-month-olds look significantly more at the objects that are close during instances of high spatial proximity, while 5-month-olds look at chance. The findings speak for a developmental trend in oculomotor processes, where a bias to look at objects with high spatial proximity develops within the first year of life.
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2016. Vol. 21, no 1, 90-103 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268915DOI: 10.1111/infa.12091ISI: 000368719000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268915DiVA: diva2:881618
FunderSwedish Research Council, VR-2011-1528