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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Strategies of the Eye-Head Orientation in Human Infants Related to Cognitive Development

Strategies of the Eye-Head Orientation in Human Infants Related to Cognitive Development

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(p.684) Chapter 115 Strategies of the Eye-Head Orientation in Human Infants Related to Cognitive Development
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Marguerite Roucoux

Christine Culée

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0115

Young infants can orient themselves toward visual targets by means of eye saccades and head movements. In this study, a population of “at-risk” infants is tested for visual preferences to evaluate the significance of a behavioral examination for such a population. A control population of fifty normal infants was also examined. It is concluded that the test of visual preferences discriminates the control group and the at-risk group after five months of age. The results have shown that there are different capabilities in selective visual discrimination for at-risk and control infants. The differences in responses just reflect the differences in later intellectual abilities.

Keywords:   eye saccades, infants, cognitive development, intellectual abilities, behavioral examination, head movements, selective visual discrimination

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