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Behavioral regulatory problems are associated with a lower attentional bias to fearful faces during infancy

List of Authors: Eskola Eeva, Kataja Eeva‐Leena, Hyönä Jukka, Häikiö Tuomo, Pelto Juho, Karlsson Hasse, Karlsson Linnea, Korja Riikka

Publisher: Wiley

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Child Development

Number of pages: 15

ISSN: 0009-3920

eISSN: 1467-8624



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To investigate the role of early regulatory problems (RP), such as
problems in feeding, sleeping, and calming down during later
development, the association between parent‐reported RP at 3 months
(no‐RP, n = 110; RP, n = 66) and attention to emotional
faces at 8 months was studied. Eight‐month‐old infants had a strong
tendency to look at faces and to specifically fearful faces, and the
individual variance in this tendency was assessed with eye tracking
using a face‐distractor paradigm. The early RPs were related to a lower
attention bias to fearful faces compared to happy and neutral faces
after controlling for temperamental negative affectivity. This suggests
that early RPs are related to the processing of emotional information
later during infancy.

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