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Title: Parental neural responsivity to infants' visual attention : how mature brains influence immature brains during social interaction
Authors: Wass, Sam V
Noreika, Valdas
Georgieva, Stanimira
Clackson, Kaili
Brightman, Laura
Nutbrown, Rebecca
Covarrubias, Lorena Santamaria
Leong, Vicky
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Wass, S. V., Noreika, V., Georgieva, S., Clackson, K., Brightman, L., Nutbrown, R., . . . Leong, V. (2018). Parental neural responsivity to infants' visual attention : how mature brains influence immature brains during social interaction. PLoS Biology, 16(12), e2006328-. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2006328
Project: Grant M4081585.SS0
Journal: PLoS Biology
Abstract: Almost all attention and learning-in particular, most early learning-take place in social settings. But little is known of how our brains support dynamic social interactions. We recorded dual electroencephalography (EEG) from 12-month-old infants and parents during solo play and joint play. During solo play, fluctuations in infants' theta power significantly forward-predicted their subsequent attentional behaviours. However, this forward-predictiveness was lower during joint play than solo play, suggesting that infants' endogenous neural control over attention is greater during solo play. Overall, however, infants were more attentive to the objects during joint play. To understand why, we examined how adult brain activity related to infant attention. We found that parents' theta power closely tracked and responded to changes in their infants' attention. Further, instances in which parents showed greater neural responsivity were associated with longer sustained attention by infants. Our results offer new insights into how one partner influences another during social interaction.
ISSN: 1544-9173
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006328
Rights: © 2018 Wass et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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