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Infants predict other people's action goals

Nature Neuroscience volume 9, pages 878879 (2006) | Download Citation

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Do infants come to understand other people's actions through a mirror neuron system that maps an observed action onto motor representations of that action? We demonstrate that a specialized system for action perception guides proactive goal-directed eye movements in 12-month-old but not in 6-month-old infants, providing direct support for this view. The activation of this system requires observing an interaction between the hand of the agent and an object.

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This research was supported by grants to C.v.H. from the Tercentennial Fund of the Bank of Sweden (J2004-0511), McDonnell Foundation (21002089), and European Union (EU004370: robot-cub).

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  1. Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Box 1225, 751 42 Uppsala, Sweden.

    • Terje Falck-Ytter
    • , Gustaf Gredebäck
    •  & Claes von Hofsten

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    Descriptive statistics; gaze timing relative to moving target as a function of action number (within trial)

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    Descriptive statistics; looking time ratio (goal AOI/goal+trajectory AOIs)

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