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Neural correlates of the perception of goal-directed action in infants

Reid, V.M. and Csibra, Gergely and Belsky, Jay and Johnson, Mark H. (2007) Neural correlates of the perception of goal-directed action in infants. Acta Psychologica 124 (1), 129 - 138. ISSN 0001-6918.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2006.09.010

Abstract

We investigated the neural correlates of the perception of human goal-directed action by 8-month-old infants. Infants viewed video loops of complete and incomplete actions, which they could discriminate according to our pilot study, while we recorded their electrophysiological brain activity. Analysis of bursts of gamma-band oscillations resulting from passive viewing of these stimuli indicated increased gamma-band activity over left frontal regions when viewing incomplete actions as compared with complete actions. These results suggest that by 8 months infants are sensitive to the disruption of perceived goal-directed actions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Becoming an Intentional Agent: Early Development of Action Interpretation and Action Control
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Infants, EEG, gamma, action perception, social cognition
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 13:22
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3952

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