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Social perception in infancy: a near infrared spectroscopy study

Lloyd-Fox, Sarah and Blasi, Anna and Volein, Agnes and Everdell, N. and Elwell, C.E. and Johnson, Mark H. (2009) Social perception in infancy: a near infrared spectroscopy study. Child Development 80 (4), pp. 986-99. ISSN 0009-3920.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01312.x

Abstract

The capacity to engage and communicate in a social world is one of the defining characteristics of the human species. While the network of regions that compose the social brain have been the subject of extensive research in adults, there are limited techniques available for monitoring young infants. This study used near infrared spectroscopy to investigate functional activation in the social brain network of 36 five-month-old infants. We measured the hemodynamic responses to visually presented stimuli in the temporal lobes. A significant increase in oxyhemoglobin was localized to 2 posterior temporal sites bilaterally, indicating that these areas are involved in the social brain network in young infants.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 11:41
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2442

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