“Learning to Look and Looking to Learn:
The Development of Visual Attention in Infancy”
Infants’ looking is an active behavior that reflects not only the development of the visual system and motor control, but also the information infants learn about the world around them. In sum, infants learn to look. In addition, infants learn about the objects, people, and events that they look at. Across development, infants learn how to effectively look at those objects, people, and events, changing the input used to perceive and learn about the world. Thus, what infants learn contributes to where and how they look, leading to a continuous developmental spiral of looking and learning. The development of looking behavior in infancy is a cascade of events that is both influenced by achievements and events in multiple domains and creates opportunities for development.