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Infant Attention to Auditory Discrepancy

Dennis K. Kinney and Jerome Kagan
Child Development
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Mar., 1976), pp. 155-164
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128294
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128294
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Abstract

Groups of 7½-month-old infants heard 1 of 8 episodes consisting of no, slight, moderate, or a large discrepancy between a habituated standard and a transformed auditory stimulus. The patterns of cardiac deceleration, regarded as an index of attention, supported the hypothesis that attentiveness is an inverted-U function of the degree of discrepancy between stimulus event and schema.

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