Mechanisms of eye gaze perception during infancy

Teresa Farroni, Mark H. Johnson, Gergely Csibra

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Previous work has shown that infants are sensitive to the direction of gaze of another's face, and that gaze direction can cue attention. The present study replicates and extends results on the ERP correlates of gaze processing in 4-month-olds. In two experiments, we recorded ERPs while 4-month-olds viewed direct and averted gaze within the context of averted and inverted heads. Our results support the previous finding that cortical processing of faces in infants is enhanced when accompanied by direct gaze. However, this effect is only found when eyes are presented within the context of an upright face.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1320-1326
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cognitive neuroscience
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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