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How Infants View Natural Scenes Gathered From a Head-Mounted Camera
 

Summary: REVIEW
How Infants View Natural Scenes Gathered
From a Head-Mounted Camera
Richard N. Aslin*
ABSTRACT
The role of early visual experience in human infant development has been inferred primarily by studies of visual
deprivation (e.g., cataracts). Another approach, described here, is to provide a detailed description of the visual input
gathered by normal infants in their natural environment. Recently, several labs have begun the laborious process of
obtaining video images from a head-mounted camera to provide an infant's eye-view of their visual world. Preliminary
findings from one such study are reviewed and discussed in the context of the power and limitations of this approach for
revealing important insights about the role of early visual experience, as well as the broader implications for studies of
cognitive, language, and social development.
(Optom Vis Sci 2009;86:561565)
Key Words: infant, head-camera, eye tracking, perceptual development, visual learning
S
tudies of infant perception, cognition, and language have for
fourdecadesreliedonavarietyofbehavioralmeasures,themost
ubiquitous of which assesses how infants' gaze is directed to
visual or auditory-visual stimuli.1
Most of these measures of infant

  

Source: Aslin, Richard N. - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine