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Infants scan static and dynamic facial expressions differently

Prunty, Jonathan E., Keemink, Jolie R., Kelly, David J. (2021) Infants scan static and dynamic facial expressions differently. Infancy, . ISSN 1525-0008. (doi:10.1111/infa.12426) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:89394)

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Despite being inherently dynamic phenomena, much of our understanding of how infants attend and scan facial expressions is based on static face stimuli. Here we investigate how six-, nine-, and twelve-month infants allocate their visual attention toward dynamic interactive videos of the six basic emotional expressions, and compare their responses with static images of the same stimuli. We find infants show clear differences in how they attend and scan dynamic and static expressions, looking longer toward the dynamic-face and lower-face regions. Infants across all age groups show differential interest in expressions, and show precise scanning of regions “diagnostic” for emotion recognition. These data also indicate that infants' attention toward dynamic expressions develops over the first year of life, including relative increases in interest and scanning precision toward some negative facial expressions (e.g.,

anger, fear, and disgust).

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/infa.12426
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Kelly
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 09:17 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 16:43 UTC
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