Social perception in infancy: A near infrared spectroscopy study

Sarah Lloyd-Fox, Anna Blasi, A. Volein, Nick Everdell, Claire E. Elwell, Mark H. Johnson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-999
Number of pages14
JournalChild Development
Volume80
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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Social Perception
Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
social cognition
infant
brain
Social Support
Brain
Oxyhemoglobins
Temporal Lobe
activation
stimulus
Hemodynamics
monitoring
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education

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Lloyd-Fox, S., Blasi, A., Volein, A., Everdell, N., Elwell, C. E., & Johnson, M. H. (2009). Social perception in infancy: A near infrared spectroscopy study. Child Development, 80(4), 986-999. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01312.x

Social perception in infancy : A near infrared spectroscopy study. / Lloyd-Fox, Sarah; Blasi, Anna; Volein, A.; Everdell, Nick; Elwell, Claire E.; Johnson, Mark H.

In: Child Development, Vol. 80, No. 4, 07.2009, p. 986-999.

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Lloyd-Fox, S, Blasi, A, Volein, A, Everdell, N, Elwell, CE & Johnson, MH 2009, 'Social perception in infancy: A near infrared spectroscopy study', Child Development, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. 986-999. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01312.x
Lloyd-Fox, Sarah ; Blasi, Anna ; Volein, A. ; Everdell, Nick ; Elwell, Claire E. ; Johnson, Mark H. / Social perception in infancy : A near infrared spectroscopy study. In: Child Development. 2009 ; Vol. 80, No. 4. pp. 986-999.
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