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    Hand or spoon? Exploring the neural basis of affective touch in 5-month-old infants

    Pirazzoli, Laura and Lloyd-Fox, Sarah and Braukmann, R. and Johnson, Mark H. and Gliga, Teodora (2018) Hand or spoon? Exploring the neural basis of affective touch in 5-month-old infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 35 , pp. 28-35. ISSN 1878-9293.

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    In adults, affective touch leads to widespread activation of cortical areas including posterior Superior Temporal Sulcus (pSTS) and Inferior Frontal Gyrus (IFG). Using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), we asked whether similar areas are activated in 5-month-old infants, by comparing affective to non-affective touch. We contrasted a human touch stroke to strokes performed with a cold metallic spoon. The hypothesis that adult-like activation of cortical areas would be seen only in response to the human touch stroke was not confirmed. Similar patterns of activation were seen in both conditions. We conclude that either the posterior STS and IFG have not yet developed selective responses to affective touch, or that additional social cues are needed to be able to identify this type of touch.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): fNIRS, Infants, Affective touch, IFGSTS
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Lloyd-Fox
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 13:33
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 17:49


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