Infant Attention Is Dynamically Modulated With Changing Arousal Levels

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de Barbaro, Kaya, Clackson, Kaili and Wass, S. 2016. Infant Attention Is Dynamically Modulated With Changing Arousal Levels. Child Development. 88 (2), pp. 629-639.
Authorsde Barbaro, Kaya, Clackson, Kaili and Wass, S.
Abstract

Traditional accounts of developing attention and cognition emphasize static individual differences in information encoding; however, work from Aston-Jones et al. suggests that looking behavior may be dynamically influenced by autonomic arousal. To test this model, a 20-min testing battery constituting mixed photos and cartoon clips was shown to 53 typical 12-month-olds. Look duration was recorded to index attention, and continuous changes in arousal were tracked by measuring heart rate, electrodermal activity, and movement levels. Across three analyses, we found that continuous changes in arousal tracked simultaneous changes in attention measures, as predicted by the Aston-Jones model. It was also found that changes in arousal tended to precede (occur before) subsequent changes in attention. Implications of these findings are discussed.

JournalChild Development
Journal citation88 (2), pp. 629-639
ISSN0009-3920
1467-8624
Year2016
PublisherWiley
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/cdev.12689
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Print02 Dec 2016
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Deposited18 May 2017
Accepted25 Jan 2016
FunderMedical Research Council
British Academy
Medical Research Council
British Academy
Copyright information© 2016 The Authors. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: de Barbaro, K., Clackson, K. and Wass, S. V. (2017), Infant Attention Is Dynamically Modulated With Changing Arousal Levels. Child Dev, 88: 629–639, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12689. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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