Gaze-Patterns Tell the Tale: A Model-Based Approach to Free-Scene Viewing in Infancy
To learn about the structure and properties of the world, infants must select useful information from their environments and use that information to identify objects, categories and, later on, more abstract concepts. Allocating attention towards objects instead of perceptual saliency is therefore a crucial step in human development, as object-based attention indicates the availability of some conceptual knowledge to recognize objects as such. Attention allocation of infants (4-24-month-olds) in complex real-world scenes is studied in two well controlled experimental studies and one large (N=300) free-scene viewing study in which multiple baby labs (UvA, UCLA, Radboud) are involved.
Prof. M. Raijmakers, Dr I. Visser & Dr L. Waldorp
1 September 2015 – 1 September 2019