Picture book exposure elicits positive visual preferences in toddlers
Houston-Price, C., Burton, E., Hickinson, R., Inett, J., Moore, E., Salmon, K. and Shiba, P. (2009) Picture book exposure elicits positive visual preferences in toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104 (1). pp. 89-104. ISSN 0022-0965
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Although the relationship between "mere exposure" and attitude enhancement is well established in the adult domain, there has been little similar work with children. This article examines whether toddlers' visual attention toward pictures of foods can be enhanced by repeated visual exposure to pictures of foods in a parent-administered picture book. We describe three studies that explored the number and nature of exposures required to elicit positive visual preferences for stimuli and the extent to which induced preferences generalize to other similar items. Results show that positive preferences for stimuli are easily and reliably induced in children and, importantly, that this effect of exposure is not restricted to the exposed stimulus per se but also applies to new representations of the exposed item. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.