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The development and neural basis of referential gaze perception.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18633789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants are sensitive to the referential information conveyed by others' eye gaze, which could be one of the developmental foundations of theory of mind. To investigate the neural correlates of gaze-object relations, we recorded ERPs from adults and 9-month-old infants while they watched scenes containing gaze shifts either towards or away from the location of a preceding object. In adults, object-incongruent gaze shifts elicited enhanced ERP amplitudes over the occipito-temporal area (N330). In infants, a similar posterior ERP component (N290) was greater for object-incongruent gaze shifts, which suggests that by the age of 9 months infants encode referential information of gaze in a similar way to adults. In addition, in infants we observed an early frontal ERP component (anterior N200), which showed higher amplitude in response to the perception of object-congruent gaze shifts. This component may reflect fast-track processing of socially relevant information, such as the detection of communicative or informative situations, and could form a developmental foundation for attention sharing, social learning and theory of mind.
Atsushi Senju; Mark H Johnson; Gergely Csibra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social neuroscience     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1747-0927     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Neurosci     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-17     Completed Date:  2008-12-15     Revised Date:  2009-12-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101279009     Medline TA:  Soc Neurosci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  220-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Mapping / methods
Child Development / physiology*
Evoked Potentials, Visual / physiology
Fixation, Ocular / physiology*
Human Development / physiology
Photic Stimulation / methods
Visual Perception / physiology*
Grant Support
G9715587//Medical Research Council

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