The Newborn

The Newborn - LECTURE FOR 10/15/09 AND 10/20/09 Newborn...

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LECTURE FOR 10/15/09 AND 10/20/09 Newborn Sensory Abilities To learn about the world you need to be able to take in sensory information How well do babies see, hear, taste, smell, etc. How can we study these? 1960’s: Robert Fantz-- Visual Preference Procedure o He built a machine which displayed pictures to babies; showed 2 different pics o Babies look around ad decide what to look at Sensory Development Robert Fantz in the 1960’s started using the Infant Paired Preference Procedure o Babies prefer faces over newsprint and pictures of bulls eyes o Babies watch the mouth b/c it helps them learn language o Boredom is a sign of memory; researcher tested how long the baby looked at pics o Eye tracking devices uses a infrared light to indicate where the baby is looking and the infrared spot gets bigger the longer the baby looks Sensory Development Can be used to study visual acuity?
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course PSY 0310 taught by Professor Strauss during the Fall '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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