Final Abstract for URS Program
The goal of study 1 was to see if there was an association between average fixation durations in infants and socio-demographic risk. There were 102 infants (3.5 month old) that participated in the study. While infants were looking at stimuli, the researchers tracked their average fixation durations; their mothers took the socio-demographic risk scale (Rutter, 1979; Sameroff, 2000). This scale shows the mothers cumulative risk score by giving points to mothers based on their socio-demographic circumstances. Mothers received a point if they were, below median maternal education, below median estimated family income, or a racial minority. Results showed that the higher the socio-demographic risk score for the mothers, the higher the average fixation durations in infants. The goal of study 2 was to see if there was an association between academic performance and average fixation durations. There were 67 undergraduates who participated in the study. Participants self reported their GPA and took the same eye tracking procedure as study 1. Results showed that the lower the GPA the higher the average fixation durations.