Pupillometry in infancy research

Hepach, Robert and Westermann, Gert (2016) Pupillometry in infancy research. Journal of Cognition and Development, 17 (3). pp. 359-377. ISSN 1524-8372

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The human pupil is a small opening in each eye that dilates in response not only to changes in luminance but also to novel events. This makes changes in pupil diameter an attractive measure in studies on infants’ and young children’s physical and social cognition. However, designing and interpreting pupillometry studies for developmental populations comes with its own caveats. Here we give an overview of how psychologically induced changes in pupil diameter have been investigated and interpreted in developmental studies. We highlight the methodological challenges when designing experiments for infants and young children and provide several suggestions to address common problems. The fact that pupillometry provides a sensitive measure of the time course of responses to novelty extends the scope of possibilities for researchers studying infant cognition and development.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Cognition and Development
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Cognition and Development on 08/03/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15248372.2015.1135801
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?? methodsinfancychildhooddevelopmenteye trackingpupillometrypupil dilationdevelopmental biologypsychiatry and mental health ??
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