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Enhanced neural processing of goal-directed actions during active training in 4-month-old infants
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Univ Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 USA.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2016 (English)In: Journal of cognitive neuroscience, ISSN 0898-929X, E-ISSN 1530-8898, Vol. 28, no 3, 472-482 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current study explores the neural correlates of action perception and its relation to infants' active experience performing goal-directed actions. Study 1 provided active training with sticky mittens that enables grasping and object manipulation in prereaching 4-month-olds. After training, EEG was recorded while infants observed images of hands grasping toward (congruent) or away from (incongruent) objects. We demonstrate that brief active training facilitates social perception as indexed by larger amplitude of the P400 ERP component to congruent compared with incongruent trials. Study 2 presented 4-month-old infants with passive training in which they observed an experimenter perform goal-directed reaching actions, followed by an identical ERP session to that used in Study 1. The second study did not demonstrate any differentiation between congruent and incongruent trials. These results suggest that (1) active experience alters the brains' response to goal-directed actions performed by others and (2) visual exposure alone is not sufficient in developing the neural networks subserving goal processing during action observation in infancy.

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2016. Vol. 28, no 3, 472-482 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270101DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00909ISI: 000369760000009PubMedID: 26679217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270101DiVA: diva2:885887
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EU, European Research Council, CACTUS 312292Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KWA 2012.0120
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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