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

Vincent M. Reid, G. Csibra, Jay Belsky, Mark H. Johnson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalActa Psychologica
Volume124
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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Keywords

  • Action perception
  • EEG
  • Gamma
  • Infants
  • Social cognition

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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Neural correlates of the perception of goal-directed action in infants. / Reid, Vincent M.; Csibra, G.; Belsky, Jay; Johnson, Mark H.

In: Acta Psychologica, Vol. 124, No. 1, 01.2007, p. 129-138.

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Reid, Vincent M. ; Csibra, G. ; Belsky, Jay ; Johnson, Mark H. / Neural correlates of the perception of goal-directed action in infants. In: Acta Psychologica. 2007 ; Vol. 124, No. 1. pp. 129-138.
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