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Visual attention in infant monkeys: effects of dietary fatty acids and age.

Authors
  • Reisbick, S
  • Neuringer, M
  • Gohl, E
  • Wald, R
  • Anderson, G J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental psychology
Publication Date
May 01, 1997
Volume
33
Issue
3
Pages
387–395
Identifiers
PMID: 9149918
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Effects of dietary essential fatty acids on visual attention were explored longitudinally in infant rhesus monkeys with a visual paired-comparison paradigm. Sets of primate faces and of patterns were presented at Weeks 2, 5, 9, and 13 to 9 infants deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and 8 fed a standard nursery diet. Familiarization to 1 member of each pair preceded simultaneous presentation of both stimuli. Infants fed the deficient diet showed longer individual looks in both immediate and 24-hr tests. Duration of looks decreased with age to familiar but not to novel stimuli. The proportion of time looking at the novel stimulus (% novel) increased with age but was not affected by diet. Look duration and % novel were differentially affected and may reflect different underlying processes.

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