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Rock With Me: The Role of Movement Synchrony in Infants' Social and Nonsocial Choices
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Uppsala Child and Baby Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0898-9920
2015 (English)In: Child Development, ISSN 0009-3920, E-ISSN 1467-8624, Vol. 86, no 3, 976-984 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Matching the timing of one's movements to the movements of others has been proposed to increase affiliation and prosociality. Although coordinated movements facilitate early social interactions, not much is known about the mechanisms and effects of movement synchrony throughout development. Two studies investigated 12-month-olds' (Study 1, N=40) and 9-month-olds' (Study 2, N=41) preferences for synchronous others in a social as opposed to a nonsocial context. It was found that movement synchrony exclusively guides infants' social choices at 12months. In contrast, 9-month-olds did not show any preferences for synchronous movements in social or nonsocial contexts. Results suggest that movement synchrony is important in guiding infants' social preferences and its effects emerge toward the end of the 1st year of life.

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2015. Vol. 86, no 3, 976-984 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255267DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12354ISI: 000354285400023PubMedID: 25702860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255267DiVA: diva2:824838
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2016-04-29

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