Movement contributes to infants' recognition of the human form

Christie, Tamara and Slaughter, Virginia (2010) Movement contributes to infants' recognition of the human form. Cognition, 114 3: 329-337. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.10.004

Author Christie, Tamara
Slaughter, Virginia
Title Movement contributes to infants' recognition of the human form
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-0277
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cognition.2009.10.004
Volume 114
Issue 3
Start page 329
End page 337
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elseiver
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Three experiments demonstrate that biological movement facilitates young infants’ recognition of the whole human form. A body discrimination task was used in which 6-, 9-, and 12-month-old infants were habituated to typical human bodies and then shown scrambled human bodies at the test. Recovery of interest to the scrambled bodies was observed in 9- and 12-month-old infants in Experiment 1, but only when the body images were animated to move in a biologically possible way. In Experiment 2, nonbiological movement was incorporated into the typical and scrambled body images, but this did not facilitate body recognition in 9- and 12-month-olds. A preferential looking paradigm was used in Experiment 3 to determine if infants had a spontaneous preference for the scrambled versus typical body stimuli when these were both animated. The results showed that 12-month-olds preferred the scrambled body stimuli, 9-month-olds preferred the typical body stimuli and the 6-month-olds showed no preference for either type of body stimuli. These findings suggest that human body recognition involves integrating form and movement, possibly in the superior temporal sulcus, from as early as 9 months of life.
Keyword Human body shape
Superior temporal sulcus
Body schema
Biological motion
Infant cognition
Event-related Potentials
Point-light displays
Biological Motion Perception
Human Body
Manipulatable Objects
Biomechanical Motions
Fusiform gyrus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Received 22 March 2008; revised 6 October 2009; accepted 7 October 2009. Available online 3 November 2009.

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