Longitudinal correlates of infant attention in the paired-comparison paradigm
A sample of infants tested on paired-comparison visual discriminations at 4 and 7 months were tested at 16 months on tasks measuring their exploration of a novel environment, short-term spatial memory, and attention span/task persistence. Seven-month novelty preferences were related to accuracy on a spatial memory task, supporting the possibility that memory ability may carry some of the variance in correlations between infant novelty preferences and later intelligence. Also, shifting between targets during paired-comparison trials was related to infants' behavior at 16 months. Shifting at 4 months was positively related to accuracy on the memory task, and at 7 months it was positively related to several exploratory measures, supporting previous contentions that this measure may reflect different processes in early versus late infancy.
Colombo, John, D. Wayne Mitchell, Jay Dodd, Jeffrey T. Coldren, and Frances Degen Horowitz. "Longitudinal correlates of infant attention in the paired-comparison paradigm." Intelligence 13, no. 1 (1989): 33-42.
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