Antecedents of information-processing skills in infants: Habituation, novelty responsiveness, and cross-modal transfer

Marc H. Bornstein, Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

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Abstract

Three skills which characterize cognitive functioning in human infants in the middle of the first year of life-habituation, novelty responsiveness, and cross-modal transfer-predict mental ability in later childhood. Antecedents of each skill at 5 months postnatal were examined in a short-term prospective longitudinal study of infant ability and maternal intelligence and interaction style. Infant perceptuocognitive performance at 2 months, maternal intelligence, and maternal responsiveness at 5 months relate to the expression of the three infant cognitive skills, but in different ways. Variation in infant information-processing abilities can be explained by specific child and maternal factors that are evident soon after birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-380
Number of pages10
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

Keywords

  • cross-modal transfer
  • habituation
  • novelty responsiveness
  • parenting interactions
  • prediction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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