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Title: The role of physical distance in the development of infant attention
Author: Dziurawiec, S.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1981
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This thesis is an investigation into the structure of infant attention as a function of age, physical distance and the social stimulus. A review of the literature on the infant visual system indicated that perception of distant objects was possible for young infants. However, another review of studies which had manipulated distance indicated that there were developmental changes in attention as a function of distance, but all the evidence pertained to non-social stimuli at near distances. The possibility existed that physical distance might also regulate infant attention to objects in far space and that increased stimulus salience, in the form of social stimuli, might elicit attention at much greater distances. In these experiments infant attention to social stimuli was assessed under conditions of both real physical distance and its two-dimensional representations. From the results of these experiments it was concluded that there are developmental differences in attention to social stimuli at a distance. Whether distance was defined in terms of real physical extent, or in terms of its two-dimensional representations, five-month-olds were not affected by the differences in stimulus intensity inherent in both presentations, whereas younger infants were. Moreover, the evidence strongly suggested that a radical restructuring of attention occurs between four and five months of age.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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