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dc.contributor.authorWard, Cynthia Dioneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:20:13Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:20:13Z
dc.date.issued1998-12-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-121298-131446en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30068
dc.description.abstractThe present study was designed to investigate the development of infants' recognition of their fathers, specifically examining the role of multisensory information (visual and auditory cues). All infants were 4-months-old and were tested in a visual-fixation preference procedure. The two measures of interest were attention and affective responsiveness. Preference was measured by the amount of time the infants watched a visual stimulus. In Experiments 1 and 2 this stimulus was the paternal face. In Experiment 2 the paternal face was also accompanied by the paternal voice. In Experiment 3, the stimulus was the maternal face plus voice. Affective responsiveness was coded for hedonic tone, interest and excitement. It was found that infants showed more positive affect towards their fathers' faces (Experiment 1) and faces plus voices (Experiment 2), p < .05. In Experiment 3, results showed that infants preferred their mothers' faces plus voices over an unfamiliar female face plus voice when the first trial was excluded from the analysis, p < .05. These findings not only support the literature on infants' recognition of their mothers, but they also contribute to the increasing body of information on infants and their fathers. The findings are interpreted as supporting the hypothesis that the developmental pattern of father recognition is qualitatively and quantitatively different from that of mother recognition.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartdissertation_final.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectInfant perceptionen_US
dc.subjectparent-child relationsen_US
dc.subjectMultisensory recognitionen_US
dc.titleThe Role of Multisensory Information in Infants' Recognition of their Fathersen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairCooper, Robin K. Pannetonen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHauenstein, Neil M. A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLickliter, Robert E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBell, Martha Annen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAxsom, Daniel K.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-121298-131446/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-12-12en_US
dc.date.rdate1998-12-15
dc.date.adate1998-12-15en_US


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