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Infants' attention is biased by emotional expressions and eye gaze direction.
Neuroreport. 2008 Mar 26; 19(5):579-82.N

Abstract

This study investigates infants' processing of emotional expressions in combination with referential eye gaze cues. In experiment 1, 7-month-old infants' neural responses to fearful and neutral faces, which were looking at a novel object, were assessed. Infants' attention, as indexed by the negative central component of the event-related potential, was enhanced when the adult gazed at the object with a fearful expression compared with a neutral expression. In experiment 2, no effect of emotion on amplitude of the negative central was found when the face directed eye gaze at the infant and away from the object. We conclude that by 7 months, infants use emotional expressions in triadic person-object-person contexts to detect threat in the environment.

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Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18388742

Citation

Hoehl, Stefanie, et al. "Infants' Attention Is Biased By Emotional Expressions and Eye Gaze Direction." Neuroreport, vol. 19, no. 5, 2008, pp. 579-82.
Hoehl S, Palumbo L, Heinisch C, et al. Infants' attention is biased by emotional expressions and eye gaze direction. Neuroreport. 2008;19(5):579-82.
Hoehl, S., Palumbo, L., Heinisch, C., & Striano, T. (2008). Infants' attention is biased by emotional expressions and eye gaze direction. Neuroreport, 19(5), 579-82. https://doi.org/10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f97897
Hoehl S, et al. Infants' Attention Is Biased By Emotional Expressions and Eye Gaze Direction. Neuroreport. 2008 Mar 26;19(5):579-82. PubMed PMID: 18388742.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infants' attention is biased by emotional expressions and eye gaze direction. AU - Hoehl,Stefanie, AU - Palumbo,Letizia, AU - Heinisch,Christine, AU - Striano,Tricia, PY - 2008/4/5/pubmed PY - 2008/6/13/medline PY - 2008/4/5/entrez SP - 579 EP - 82 JF - Neuroreport JO - Neuroreport VL - 19 IS - 5 N2 - This study investigates infants' processing of emotional expressions in combination with referential eye gaze cues. In experiment 1, 7-month-old infants' neural responses to fearful and neutral faces, which were looking at a novel object, were assessed. Infants' attention, as indexed by the negative central component of the event-related potential, was enhanced when the adult gazed at the object with a fearful expression compared with a neutral expression. In experiment 2, no effect of emotion on amplitude of the negative central was found when the face directed eye gaze at the infant and away from the object. We conclude that by 7 months, infants use emotional expressions in triadic person-object-person contexts to detect threat in the environment. SN - 0959-4965 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18388742/Infants'_attention_is_biased_by_emotional_expressions_and_eye_gaze_direction_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f97897 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -