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

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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.

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  1. This p value referred to mean amplitude for congruent trial in the right hemisphere and was driven by one unusual high value in the non-pointer group (39.23 μV).


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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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Melinder, A.M.D., Konijnenberg, C., Hermansen, T. et al. The developmental trajectory of pointing perception in the first year of life. Exp Brain Res 233, 641–647 (2015).

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