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    Oscillatory activity in the infant brain and the representation of small numbers

    Leung, S. and Mareschal, Denis and Rowsell, R. and Simpson, D. and Iaria, L. and Grbic, A. and Kaufman, J. (2016) Oscillatory activity in the infant brain and the representation of small numbers. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 10 , ISSN 1662-5137.

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    Gamma-band oscillatory activity (GBA) is an established neural signature of sustained occluded object representation in infants and adults. However, it is not yet known whether the magnitude of GBA in the infant brain reflects the quantity of occluded items held in memory. To examine this, we compared GBA of 6–8 month-old infants during occlusion periods after the representation of two objects vs. that of one object. We found that maintaining a representation of two objects during occlusion resulted in significantly greater GBA relative to maintaining a single object. Further, this enhancement was located in the right occipital region, which is consistent with previous object representation research in adults and infants. We conclude that enhanced GBA reflects neural processes underlying infants’ representation of small numbers.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 14:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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