Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Jennifer L. Rennels
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In this investigation we examined the potential processes underlying infant preferences for and categorization of male and female faces as well as the outcome of these preferences. Infants with female primary caregivers exhibit preferences for same-race females over males and categorize females more readily than males. Little is known, however, about how infants may arrive at these collective preferences and categorization abilities. In research settings infants are exposed to novel stimuli in relatively short periods of time, and their experiences outside of the lab may be imposing structure onto their learning in lab settings. We used state space grids (SSGs) to examine how the dynamic systems concepts of attractor states, stability, and variability related to infant behavior in two experimental contexts. The content and variability of infant behavior differed based on infant age, study context, and real-world social experiences. Additionally, within-person differences in the variability of looking patterns were associated with the strength of attractor states, which suggests that real-time dynamics impacted behavioral outcomes.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kayl, Andrea Jane, "Examining the Dynamics of Infant Face Processing Using State Space Grids" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2547.
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