International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Objective Measures of Infant Eye-Gaze in a Single Subject: Implications for Engagement, Socialization and Communication
Jennifer R. Francois, Ph.D; Kathy L. Coufal, CCC-SLP, Ph.D; Barbara S. Chaparro, Ph.D

Investigation of infant eye gaze behavior previously relied on subjective methods to understand infant visual preference. This study aimed to determine if differences in infant eye-gaze patterns existed between familiar and unfamiliar faces and how these patterns may relate to attachment, early engagement, and language development using an objective measure, electronic eye-tracking. To determine the existence of regularities, the eye-gaze behaviors of a 3-month-old infant were recorded using the Tobii X120 eye tracker. This preliminary report details patterns observed in a single participant, as one example of the larger study, in which analyses identified similar patterns among five participants.

Full Text: PDF