Action production influences 12-month-old infants' attention to others' actions
2012 (English)In: Developmental Science, ISSN 1363-755X, E-ISSN 1467-7687, Vol. 15, no 1, 35-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Recent work implicates a link between action control systems and action understanding. In this study, we investigated the role of the motor system in the development of visual anticipation of others actions. Twelve-month-olds engaged in behavioral and observation tasks. Containment activity, infants spontaneous engagement in producing containment actions; and gaze latency, how quickly they shifted gaze to the goal object of anothers containment actions, were measured. Findings revealed a positive relationship: infants who received the behavior task first evidenced a strong correlation between their own actions and their subsequent gaze latency of anothers actions. Learning over the course of trials was not evident. These findings demonstrate a direct influence of the motor system on online visual attention to others actions early in development.
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2012. Vol. 15, no 1, 35-42 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168750DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01095.xISI: 000299158000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168750DiVA: diva2:503616