ERIC Number: EJ848047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Biological Motion Displays Elicit Social Behavior in 12-Month-Olds
Yoon, Jennifer M. D.; Johnson, Susan C.
Child Development, v80 n4 p1069-1075 Jul-Aug 2009
To test the hypothesis that biological motion perception is developmentally integrated with important social cognitive abilities, 12-month-olds (N = 36) were shown a display of a human point-light figure turning to observe a target. Infants spontaneously and reliably followed the figure's "gaze" despite the absence of familiar and socially informative features such as a face or eyes. This suggests that biological motion displays are sufficient to convey rich psychological information such as attentional orientation and is the first evidence to show that biological motion perception and social cognitive abilities are functionally integrated early in the course of typical development. The question of whether common neural substrates for biological motion perception and analysis of gaze direction underlies the functional integration seen behaviorally is discussed.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Motion, Cognitive Ability, Developmental Stages, Social Cognition, Social Development, Cognitive Development, Infants, Eye Movements, Biology, Attention, Child Development, Neurological Organization, Visual Stimuli, Visual Perception
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