Eye contact and face scanning in early infancy

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  25 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4319, pp. 853-855
DOI: 10.1126/science.918670


Visual fixations of 3- to 5-week-old, 7-week-old, and 9- to 11-week-old infants were recorded as they scanned an adult's face which was stationary, moving, or talking. A dramatic increase in face fixations occurred between 5 and 7 weeks for all conditions. Talking produced an intensification of scanning in the eye area in the two older groups.