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Infant's action skill dynamically modulates parental action demonstration in the dyadic interaction.
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PMID:  25483121     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
When interacting with infants, human adults modify their behaviours in an exaggerated manner. Previous studies have demonstrated that infant-directed modification affects the infant's behaviour. However, little is known about how infant-directed modification is elicited during infant-parent interaction. We investigated whether and how the infant's behaviour affects the mother's action during an interaction. We recorded three-dimensional information of cup movements while mothers demonstrated a cup-nesting task during interaction with their infants aged 11 to 13 months. Analyses revealed that spatial characteristics of the mother's task demonstration clearly changed depending on the infant's object manipulation. In particular, the variance in the distance that the cup was moved decreased after the infant's cup nesting and increased after the infant's task-irrelevant manipulation (e.g. cup banging). This pattern was not observed for mothers with 6- to 8-month-olds, who do not have the fine motor skill to perform the action. These results indicate that the infant's action skill dynamically affects the infant-directed action and suggest that the mother is sensitive to the infant's potential to learn a novel action. A video abstract of this article can be viewed at:
Hiroshi Fukuyama; Shibo Qin; Yasuhiro Kanakogi; Yukie Nagai; Minoru Asada; Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-9    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 The Authors. Developmental Science Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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