Faces attract infants' attention in complex displays
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- Published: 17 April 2008
- Public Health
- Human Face
- Adult Experiment
- Object Distractors
- Complex Display
Hersler and Hochstein  found in adult experiments that face “pop-out”, that is they are looked at earlier and for longer, when presented together with a variety of different objects.
In contrast to “classical” “pop out” studies we don't vary the number of distractors. We explored this effect in 6-month old infants. Twelve slides were presented to infants, each one including one human face and five different object distractors. The objects are similar to faces regarding their shape, colour, luminance and familiarity. Also, half of the faces have direct gaze, the other averted.
Results indicate that faces “pop out” among distractors. Direct and averted gaze do not differ from each other regarding pop-out effects.
The implications of these results are discussed.
I wish to thank Prof Mark Johnson, Dr Teodora Gliga, Dr Mayada Elsabbach all of whom helped me in the experiment, and Dr Kyrana Tsapkini, who although far away, has been very supportive to me during this year.
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