psychology - Jazzer Estrellanes BABA-1C Assigment April 4,...

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Jazzer Estrellanes BABA-1C Assigment April 4, 2011 What Are Babies Watching?” By Robert L. Fantz I. Summary of the Study The main object of this study was actually focused on finding the answer to the question, “What are babies watching?” Most of us may wonder on how much babies understand the world. Furthermore, we do not even know the things that go into their head. Logically, the only way we could gain some answers is through watching the babies; given that an infant’s verbal, locomotive, and manual skills were actually limited. In the end Fantz’ had decided on using the infant’s eye-gaze in order to know the baby’s visual preferences. In order to continue with the experiment, Fantz had made an apparatus which focuses on the baby’s perceptive patterns using different stimuli in the form of cards. It was actually being referred to as the Infant “Looking Chamber”, which was made of metal. The experiment actually took a long time due to the fact that the heavy apparatus was to be passed from one home to another. At the end of the study, it was actually discovered that babies preferred looking at detailed patterns rather than plain figures but mostly, babies are fond of looking at the human face, or rather, patterns that resemble it (as it was being proved at further studies which used the same method).
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II. Subjects of the study At first, he was actually conducting the experiment at newly-hatched chickens and baby chimpanzees to determine whether perception of different forms was innate or learned, though at that time, he was only a comparative psychologist doctoral student at the University of Chicago under Eckhard Hess, and at the same time, he was also a research assistant at the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology. So, to advance further in his study, he began to conduct the experiment on the human infants of two to five days old. III.
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