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The Distribution of Attention Within a Group of Infants "At Risk."

Ackerman, Judith Z.; Driscoll, John, Jr.; Koenigsberger, M. Richard; Lewis, Michael; Schimpler, Suzanne; Yoshida, Roland K.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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National Science Foundation (NSF), Attention, Cognitive Development, Infants, Responses


Groups of normal and "at-risk" infants were given an attentional task using sucking suppression as an index of attending. Attending as a measure of perceptual-cognitive development was found to be a sensitive task capable of differentiating high and low risk infants. Further, the performance on this perceptual-cognitive task and the infants' 5 minute Apgar scores were assessed and found to be significantly related. These data together with earlier reports suggest that infants with Apgar scores of 8 or less may be at risk in terms of their cognitivedevelopment. (18pp.)

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