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Infant Eyes: A Window on Cognitive Development
 

Summary: Infant Eyes: A Window on Cognitive
Development
Richard N. Aslin
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester
Eye-trackers suitable for use with infants are now marketed by several com-
mercial vendors. As eye-trackers become more prevalent in infancy research,
there is the potential for users to be unaware of dangers lurking ``under the
hood'' if they assume the eye-tracker introduces no errors in measuring
infants' gaze. Moreover, the influx of voluminous data sets from eye-trackers
requires users to think hard about what they are measuring and what these
measures mean for making inferences about underlying cognitive processes.
The present commentary highlights these concerns, both technical and
interpretive, and reviews the five articles that comprise this Special Issue.
INFANT EYES: A WINDOW ON COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
One of the most gratifying moments in the early phase of parenthood occurs
when your 6-week-old looks directly at your face--not at the top of your
head or slightly to the right or left, but at your eyes, the real you. We are
exquisitely sensitive to the direction of an infant's gaze (as we are for the
gaze of adults), and we make interpretations about psychological processes

  

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

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine