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Infant perception and production of emotions during face-to-face interactions with live and ‘virtual’ adults

Darwin Muir, Kang Lee, Christine Hains and Sylvia Hains

in Emotional Development:

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780198528845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191689567 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528845.003.0008
Infant perception and production of emotions during face-to-face interactions with live and ‘virtual’ adults

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This chapter discusses the emergence and development of infants' competence in social perception — their ability to perceive, understand, and to react to people as opposed objects. It begins by reviewing evidence from studies in which both static and dynamic stimuli were presented to infants and infant visual attention was measured. It then describes studies in which adult facial and vocal displays were manipulated during face-to-face interactions with live and televised adults. Finally, this chapter suggests several future directions for research on emotional development using both live and virtual adult technology.

Keywords: infants; social perception; visual attention; face-to-face interactions; virtual adult; emotional development

Chapter.  10668 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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