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Neural correlates of the perception of goal-directed action in infants

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Journal publication date2007
JournalActa Psychologica
Journal number1
Volume124
Number of pages10
Pages129-138
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We investigated the neural correlates of the perception of human goal-directed action by 8-month-old infants. Infants viewed video loops of complete and incomplete actions, which they could discriminate according to our pilot study, while we recorded their electrophysiological brain activity. Analysis of bursts of gamma-band oscillations resulting from passive viewing of these stimuli indicated increased gamma-band activity over left frontal regions when viewing incomplete actions as compared with complete actions. These results suggest that by 8 months infants are sensitive to the disruption of perceived goal-directed actions. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.