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Short Description: Two studies were conducted to consider the looking behavior of infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome (WS). In Study 1, the looking behavior of a 10-month-old girl with WS during play sessions with her mother and with a stranger was compared to..

Content Inside: DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, 23(1&2), 243268 Copyright 2003, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Attentional Characteristics of Infants and Toddlers With Williams Syndrome During Triadic Interactions Carolyn B. Mervis University of Louisville Colleen A. Morris University of Nevada School of Medicine Bonita P. Klein-Tasman Emory University Jacquelyn Bertrand Centers for Disease Control Susanna Kwitny, Lawrence G. Appelbaum, and Catherine E. Rice Emory University Two studies were conducted to consider the looking behavior of infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome (WS). In Study 1, the looking behavior of a 10-month-old girl with WS during play sessions with her mother and with a stranger was compared to that of 2 groups of infants who were developing normally (ND), 1 matched for chronological age and the other for developmental age. The infant with WS spent more than twice as much time looking at her mother as the infants in either contrast group did. She also spent twice as much time looking at the stranger. In addition, during 78% of this time, her gaze at the stranger was coded as extremely intense. Looks of this intensity were virtually never made by the ND infants. In Study 2, the looking behavior of 31 individuals with WS ages 8 to Requests for reprints should be sent to Carolyn B. Mervis, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292. E-mail: cbmervis@louisville.edu

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