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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, Clare 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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    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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 11:41
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:52


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