Eye-tracking methodology for the assessment of social function in infancy

Karri Gillespie-Smith, James Boardman, Ian Murray, Jane Norman, Anne O'Hare, Sue Fletcher-Watson

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Background: Eye-tracking has provided new insights into the development of infant cognition and is currently being explored as a potential way to identify early biomarkers of later difficulty1,2. We aimed to assess social cognitive ability across levels of stimulus complexity in infancy. Methods: Participants were 32 typically-developing (TD) infants aged 6-12 months, recruited with ethical approval. We measured 3 aspects of social cognition using stimuli of increasing complexity: attention distributed across faces; attention to faces in a grid-like array; and attention to faces embedded in naturalistic scenesResults: In each task we found evidence of longer fixation duration on socially informative content compared with other regions (i.e. eyes versus mouths, faces versus other objects; all p
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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