What is it about?
Attentional control in infancy has been postulated as foundational for the development later in life. To better understand the development of attention in infancy and how it is related to other functions or abilities, we used a data-driven method and examined the longitudinal eye-tracking data to establish stable markers of attention in infancy.
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Why is it important?
Our findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that attentional development in infancy is steady. However, the relation between early attentional control and self-regulation later in life is unsupported. The field needs further investigations that explore the developmental pathways that lead to self-regulation, emphasizing the multi-phased nature of development. Theory and testable models specifically designed to assess early emerging foundations of self-regulation are essential models that acknowledge the complexity of the task at hand.
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This page is a summary of: Attentional control is a stable construct in infancy but not steadily linked with self-regulatory functions in toddlerhood., Developmental Psychology, April 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/dev0001362.
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The BasicChild Project
Longitudinal study of infant cognitive and motor development, social cognition, self-regulation, attachment and attention and perception from 6 - 30 months of age. The dataset include example videos from each age along with a brief description of each task. The child shown in the videos is just one out of all the children and is not to be seen as an example of how all the children performed. It is just to show how the tasks where administrated. The eye-tracking tasks are recorded with a screen recorder and the frame rate may therefor differ slightly from the original stimulus.
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