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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The development of mentalistic gaze understanding
Author(s): Doherty, Martin
Keywords: Gaze understanding
gaze following
Visual perception in infants
Infant psychology
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Date Deposited: 1-Aug-2008
Citation: Doherty M (2006) The development of mentalistic gaze understanding. Infant and Child Development, 15 (2), pp. 179-186.
Abstract: Very young infants are sensitive to and follow other people’s gaze. By 18 months old children, like chimpanzees, apparently represent the spatial relationship between viewer and object viewed: they can follow eye-direction alone, and react appropriately if the other’s gaze is blocked by occluding barriers. This paper assesses when children represent this relationship as psychological in nature. Studies examining sensitivity to gaze, gaze following, and explicit judgement of gaze direction are reviewed. The evidence suggests that neither infants nor chimpanzees represent gaze as psychological. It is concluded that mentalistic gaze understanding develops from the age of 3 years.
DOI Link: 10.1002/icd.434
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