Feasibility of undertaking off-site infant eye-tracking assessments of neuro-cognitive functioning in early-intervention centres

Ballieux, H., Haiko, Tomalski, P., Kushnerenko, E., Johnson, M.H., Karmiloff-Smith, A. and Moore, D.G. 2016. Feasibility of undertaking off-site infant eye-tracking assessments of neuro-cognitive functioning in early-intervention centres . Infant and Child Development. 25 (1), pp. 95-113. doi:10.1002/icd.1914

TitleFeasibility of undertaking off-site infant eye-tracking assessments of neuro-cognitive functioning in early-intervention centres
AuthorsBallieux, H., Haiko, Tomalski, P., Kushnerenko, E., Johnson, M.H., Karmiloff-Smith, A. and Moore, D.G.
Abstract

Recent work suggests that differences in functional brain development are already identifiable in 6- to 9-month-old infants from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. Investigation of early SES-related differences in neuro-cognitive functioning requires the recruitment of large and diverse samples of infants, yet it is often difficult to persuade low-SES parents to come to a university setting. One solution is to recruit infants through early intervention children’s centres (CCs). These are often located in areas of high relative deprivation to support young children. Given the increasing portability of eye-tracking equipment, assessment of large clusters of infants could be undertaken in centres by suitably trained early intervention staff. Here we report on a study involving 174 infants and their parents, carried out in partnership with CCs, exploring the feasibility of this approach, We report the processes of setting up the project and participant recruitment. We report the diversity of sample obtained on the engagement of CC staff in training and the process of assessment itself. We report the quality of the data obtained, and the levels of engagement of parents, and infants. We conclude that this approach has great potential for recruiting large and diverse samples worldwide, provides sufficiently reliable data, and is engaging to staff, parents and infants.

KeywordsEye-tracking, feasibility, SES, children's centre
JournalInfant and Child Development
Journal citation25 (1), pp. 95-113
ISSN1522-7227
Year2016
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscriptBallieux_etal_2015_InfantandChildDev_AAM.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/icd.1914
Web address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/icd.1914/abstract
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2016
Published22 May 2015

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