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Enhanced attention to "motionese" Do infants prefer infant-directed to adult-directed action?

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Description: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether infants would seek out infant-directed (ID) action, or, "motionese", relative to adult-directed (AD) action. Thirty-two 6- to 8-month-old infants viewed ID and AD action demonstrations in a split screen video preferential looking paradigm. Infants also viewed still frame pictures of the corresponding demonstrators as a control to assess if infants' preference for the appearance of specific paired demonstrators would influence looking times. The results provide promising evidence that infants prefer ID action whereas they held no preference for demonstrators' appearances. The results encourage future research and hold implications for the developmental appropriateness of ID input in supporting action processing prior to infants' ability to demonstrate action parsing skills.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work