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Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying social learning in infancy: infants' neural processing of the effects of others' actions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22689219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Social transmission of knowledge is one of the reasons for human evolutionary success, and it has been suggested that already human infants possess eminent social learning abilities. However, nothing is known about the neurocognitive mechanisms that subserve infants' acquisition of novel action knowledge through the observation of other people's actions and their consequences in the physical world. In an electroencephalogram study on social learning in infancy, we demonstrate that 9-month-old infants represent the environmental effects of others' actions in their own motor system, although they never achieved these effects themselves before. The results provide first insights into the neurocognitive basis of human infants' unique ability for social learning of novel action knowledge.
Markus Paulus; Sabine Hunnius; Harold Bekkering
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social cognitive and affective neuroscience     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1749-5024     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-07     Completed Date:  2014-06-18     Revised Date:  2014-10-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101288795     Medline TA:  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  774-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain / growth & development
Concept Formation / physiology*
Electroencephalography / methods
Infant Behavior / physiology*
Infant, Newborn
Learning / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Visual Perception

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