Training Basic Visual Attention Leads to Changes in Responsiveness to Social‐Communicative Cues in 9‐Month‐Olds

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Forssman, Linda and Wass, S. 2017. Training Basic Visual Attention Leads to Changes in Responsiveness to Social‐Communicative Cues in 9‐Month‐Olds. Child Development. 89 (3), pp. e199-e213.
AuthorsForssman, Linda and Wass, S.
Abstract

The current study investigated transfer effects of gaze-interactive attention training to more complex social and cognitive skills in infancy. Seventy 9-month-olds were assigned to a training group (n = 35) or an active control group (n =35). Before, after, and at 6-week follow-up both groups completed an assessment battery assessing transfer to non-trained aspects of attention control, including table-top tasks assessing social attention in semi-naturalistic contexts. Transfer effects were found on non-trained screen-based tasks, but importantly also on a structured observation task assessing the infants’ likelihood to respond to an adult’s social communication cues. The results causally link basic attention skills and more complex social communicative skills, and provide a principle for studying causal mechanisms of early development.

JournalChild Development
Journal citation89 (3), pp. e199-e213
ISSN0009-3920
1467-8624
Year2017
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/cdev.12812
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12812
Publication dates
Online24 Apr 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited18 May 2017
Accepted22 Dec 2016
FunderEuropean Research Council
Economic and Social Research Council
European Research Council
Economic and Social Research Council
Copyright information© 2017 The Authors. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Forssman, L. and Wass, S. V. (2017), 'Training Basic Visual Attention Leads to Changes in Responsiveness to Social-Communicative Cues in 9-Month-Olds,' Child Development, 89 (3), pp. e199-e213, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12812. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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