Exploring early developmental changes in face scanning patterns during the perception of audiovisual mismatch of speech cues

Tomalski, P., Ribeiro, H., Ballieux, H., Axelsson, E.L., Murphy, E., Moore, D.G. and Kushnerenko, E. 2013. Exploring early developmental changes in face scanning patterns during the perception of audiovisual mismatch of speech cues. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. 10 (5), pp. 611-624. doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.728076

TitleExploring early developmental changes in face scanning patterns during the perception of audiovisual mismatch of speech cues
AuthorsTomalski, P., Ribeiro, H., Ballieux, H., Axelsson, E.L., Murphy, E., Moore, D.G. and Kushnerenko, E.
Abstract

Young infants are capable of integrating auditory and visual information and their speech perception can be influenced by visual cues, while 5-month-olds detect mismatch between mouth articulations and speech sounds. From 6 months of age, infants gradually shift their attention away from eyes and towards the mouth in articulating faces, potentially to benefit from intersensory redundancy of audiovisual (AV) cues. Using eye tracking, we investigated whether 6- to 9-month-olds showed a similar age-related increase of looking to the mouth, while observing congruent and/or redundant versus mismatched and non-redundant speech cues. Participants distinguished between congruent and incongruent AV cues as reflected by the amount of looking to the mouth. They showed an age-related increase in attention to the mouth, but only for non-redundant, mismatched AV speech cues. Our results highlight the role of intersensory redundancy and audiovisual mismatch mechanisms in facilitating the development of speech processing in infants under 12 months of age.

JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Journal citation10 (5), pp. 611-624
ISSN1740-5629
Year2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.728076
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Published2013

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