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Complexity Levels, Habituation, and Individual Differences in Early Infancy
David J. Greenberg, William J. O'Donnell and Donald Crawford
Vol. 44, No. 3 (Sep., 1973), pp. 569-574
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128014
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To demonstrate a relationship between rate of habituation and complexity levels, 51 11-week-old infants were each given a rate-of-habituation test and a complexity-level test. As predicted, those infants who habituated rapidly (rapidly decreased their looking time to a single repeated stimulus in the habituation test) looked longer at the more complex patterns in the complexity test. The majority of infants with irregular habituation patterns resembled the slow habituators in terms of level of complexity preferred while the remaining irregular habituators appeared to respond randomly to both attentional tests.
Child Development © 1973 Society for Research in Child Development