Chen, Xin and Reid, Vincent M. and Striano, Tricia (2006) Oral exploration and reaching toward social and non-social objects in two-, four-, and six-month-old infants. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 3 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1740-5629Full text not available from this repository.
This study investigates tongue protrusion and how it co-develops with gazing and reaching in two-, four-, and six-month-old infants. We assessed these reactions during infant viewing of a human still-face or a manikin. Results showed that two month olds protruded their tongues and gazed toward both stimuli more than infants in the older age groups, and that four and six month olds reached towards the stimuli more than the two month olds. In the still-face condition, there was a positive correlation between tongue protrusion and gazing. In addition, in the still-face condition, infants at four months preferred tongue protrusion over reaching. But this preference did not occur at six months. The results suggest that infants' tongue protrusions and reaching serve an exploratory function in ambiguous social contexts.
|Journal or Publication Title:||European Journal of Developmental Psychology|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Deposited On:||23 Oct 2012 14:17|
|Last Modified:||01 May 2016 00:00|
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