Here's looking at you, kid: attention to infant emotional faces in mothers and non-mothers.
Bottom Line: Infant facial cues play a critical role in eliciting care and nurturance from an adult caregiver.Finally, it was found that greater levels of mothers' self-reported parental distress was associated with less task interference when processing infant faces.We suggest that alterations in attentional processing in motherhood may constitute an adaptive behavioural change associated with becoming a parent.
Affiliation: Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, UK.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Finally, there was also a Face Age by Search condition interaction (F(2, 126) = 74.27, p < .001, ηp2 = .54). This indicates that the Search condition (i.e. whether a task-irrelevant emotion was present or not) affected RTs to correct responses differently for adult and infant facial stimuli. To further investigate this interaction, contrasts were performed comparing RTs to correct responses in emotional singleton conditions to RTs in neutral conditions across adult and infant stimuli. These revealed that the effect of longer RTs for emotional target conditions as compared to neutral conditions was particularly pronounced for infant stimuli as compared to adult stimuli (F(1, 63) = 97.35, p < .001, ηp2 = .61, see Figure3). There were no other group interactions or other interactions.
Affiliation: Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, UK.