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The neural basis of non-verbal communication – enhanced processing of perceived give-me gestures in 9-month-old girls

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/01/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Frontiers in Psychology
Volume2015
Number of pages28
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This study investigated the neural basis of non-verbal communication. Event-related potentials were recorded while twenty-nine 9-month-old infants were presented with a give-me gesture (experimental condition) and the same hand shape but rotated 90 degrees, resulting in a non-communicative hand configuration (control condition). We found different responses in amplitude between the two conditions, captured in the P400 ERP component. Moreover, the size of this effect was modulated by participants’ sex, with girls generally demonstrating a larger relative difference between the two conditions than boys.

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© 2015 Bakker, Kaduk, Elsner, Juvrud and Gredebäck. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.