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The role of motor experience in understanding action function: the case of the precision grasp.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22364274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent evidence suggests adults and infants selectively attend to features of action, such as how a hand contacts an object. The current research investigated whether this bias stems from infants' processing of the functional consequences of grasps: understanding that different grasps afford different future actions. A habituation paradigm assessed 10-month-old infants' (N = 62) understanding of the functional consequences of precision and whole-hand grasps in others' actions, and infants' own precision grasping abilities were also assessed. The results indicate infants understood the functional consequences of another's grasp only if they could perform precision grasps themselves. These results highlight a previously unknown aspect of early action understanding, and deepen our understanding of the relation between motor experience and cognition.
Jeff Loucks; Jessica A Sommerville
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-02-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2012 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-02     Completed Date:  2012-07-30     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  801-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
University of Washington, Department of Psychology, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cognition / physiology*
Discrimination Learning / physiology
Habituation, Psychophysiologic / physiology
Hand Strength / physiology*
Photic Stimulation
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Grant Support
1R03HD053616-01A1/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; F32 HD058445-01A2/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; F32HD058445-01A2/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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