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Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

October 2004, Vol. 16, No. 8, Pages 1320-1326
(doi: 10.1162/0898929042304787)
© 2004 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mechanisms of Eye Gaze Perception during Infancy
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Abstract

Previous work has shown that infants are sensitive to the direction of gaze of another's face, and that gaze direction can cue attention. The present study replicates and extends results on the ERP correlates of gaze processing in 4-month-olds. In two experiments, we recorded ERPs while 4-month-olds viewed direct and averted gaze within the context of averted and inverted heads. Our results support the previous finding that cortical processing of faces in infants is enhanced when accompanied by direct gaze. However, this effect is only found when eyes are presented within the context of an upright face.