Developmental patterns of affective attention across the first two years of life

Reider, L B, Bierstedt, L, Burris, J L, Vallorani, A, Buss, K A, Pérez-Edgar, K, Field, A and LoBue, V (2022) Developmental patterns of affective attention across the first two years of life. Child Development. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

This study examined patterns of attention toward affective stimuli in a longitudinal sample of typically developing infants (N = 357, 147 females, 50% White, 22% Latinx, 16% African American/Black, 3% Asian, 8% mixed race, 1% not reported) using two eye-tracking tasks that measure vigilance to (rapid detection), engagement with (total looking toward), and disengagement from (latency to looking away) emotional facial configurations. Infants completed each task at 4, 8, 12, 18, and 24 months of age from 2016-2020. Multilevel growth models demonstrate that, over the first two years of life, infants became faster at detecting and spent more time engaging with angry over neutral faces. These results have implications for our understanding of the development of affect biased attention.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Affective attention, Threat processing, Infancy
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 14:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/107050

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