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Biological motion displays elicit social behavior in 12-month-olds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19630894     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To test the hypothesis that biological motion perception is developmentally integrated with important social cognitive abilities, 12-month-olds (N = 36) were shown a display of a human point-light figure turning to observe a target. Infants spontaneously and reliably followed the figure's "gaze" despite the absence of familiar and socially informative features such as a face or eyes. This suggests that biological motion displays are sufficient to convey rich psychological information such as attentional orientation and is the first evidence to show that biological motion perception and social cognitive abilities are functionally integrated early in the course of typical development. The question of whether common neural substrates for biological motion perception and analysis of gaze direction underlies the functional integration seen behaviorally is discussed.
Jennifer M D Yoon; Susan C Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  80     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2009 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-27     Completed Date:  2009-11-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1069-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development / physiology
Cognition / physiology
Fixation, Ocular
Infant Behavior / psychology
Motion Perception*
Social Behavior*
Social Perception*
Videotape Recording
Visual Perception
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