Effects of Cleft Lip and Palate on Visual Scanning and Neural Processing of Infant Faces

Juergen Riedelsheimer, Cal Poly Humboldt
Rhiannon Crimmins, Cal Poly Humboldt
David Harris, Cal Poly Humboldt
Amanda Hahn, Humboldt State University


The current study used a combination of eye tracking and EEG to investigate early visual processing of infant faces with cleft lip/palate as well as the impact cleft palate has on perceived cuteness. The results demonstrate a significant decrease in early visual attention to the eye region and increased visual attention to the mouth for infants with cleft lip. Differences in neural processing are evident at both early and late stage processing (N170, P2, LPP).