Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 233, Issue 2, pp 641–647 | Cite as

The developmental trajectory of pointing perception in the first year of life

  • Annika M. D. Melinder
  • Carolien Konijnenberg
  • Tone Hermansen
  • Moritz M. Daum
  • Gustaf Gredebäck
Research Article


The present study investigated the development of the neural basis of pointing perception in 6-month- and 13-month-old infants. In a spatial-cueing paradigm, infants were presented with a peripheral target followed by a hand pointing toward (congruent condition) or away (incongruent condition) from the previously cued location. EEG responses to the presentation of the hand were measured. Thirteen-month-olds demonstrated larger amplitudes of ERP component P400 to incongruent compared to congruent pointing gestures over posterior temporal areas; 6-month-olds did not show any differential activation. This result suggests that the neural correlates of pointing perception undergo substantial development between 6 and 13 months of age.


Pointing EEG Infant P400 ERP STS Social cognition 



The study was supported by grants from the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (13/60525) to the first, second and third author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annika M. D. Melinder
    • 1
  • Carolien Konijnenberg
    • 1
  • Tone Hermansen
    • 1
  • Moritz M. Daum
    • 2
  • Gustaf Gredebäck
    • 3
  1. 1.Cognitive Developmental Research Unit, Department of PsychologyUniversity of OsloBlindern, OsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain SciencesUniversity of Zurich, SwitzerlandLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Uppsala Child and Babylab, Department of PsychologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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