Naomi V. Ekas is now at the University of California, San Diego.
“Are You Interested, Baby?” Young Infants Exhibit Stable Patterns of Attention During Interaction
Article first published online: 5 APR 2011
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Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 233–244, March/April 2012
How to Cite
Messinger, D. S., Ekas, N. V., Ruvolo, P. and Fogel, A. D. (2012), “Are You Interested, Baby?” Young Infants Exhibit Stable Patterns of Attention During Interaction. Infancy, 17: 233–244. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00074.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2011
The degree to which infants’ current actions are influenced by previous action is fundamental to our understanding of early social and cognitive competence. In this study, we found that infant gazing manifested notable temporal dependencies during interaction with mother even when controlling for mother behaviors. The durations of infant gazes at mother’s face were positively predicted by the durations of the two previous gazes at mother’s face. Similarly, the durations of gazes away from mother’s face were positively predicted by the durations of the two previous gazes of the same type. The durations of gazes at and away from mother’s face, however, were not predicted by one another. This pattern suggests that infants exhibit distinct and temporally stable levels of interest in social and nonsocial features of the environment. In this report, we discuss the implications of these results for parents, for experimental research using looking time measures, and for our understanding of infants’ developing communicative abilities.