Deaf infants' gaze behavior more advanced than that of hearing infants


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Deaf infants exposed to American Sign Language (ASL) by their deaf parents demonstrated advanced eye-gaze behavior compared with hearing infants not exposed to a sign language. Deaf infants also demonstrated more advanced "checking-back behavior" or looking back to the adult for more information.