Familiarity and novelty effects are the cornerstone of many infant behavioral methods (e.g., habituation, head-turn preference, preferential looking / looking-while-listening, eye tracking). In this ongoing project we investigate Hunter and Ames’ (1988) model of infants’ preference for familiar and novel stimuli. We aim to empirically test whether infant age, task difficulty, and familiarization time interact to predict the direction of infants’ preference for familiar vs. novel stimuli.


Jessica Kosie, Martin Zettersten, Christina Bergmann, Dima Amso, and Casey Lew-Williams


Evaluating potential experimental designs; preparing a call for participation.


We encourage everyone who is interested in the project to fill out this form and/or contact the project leads by e-mailing: jkosie [at] princeton.edu, martincz [at] princeton.edu, Christina.Bergmann [at] mpi.nl, da2959 [at] columbia.edu, caseylw [at] princeton.edu.

Please note that access to infants/infant lab is not a prerequisite.


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