Interindividual differences in neonatal limitation and the development of action chains in rhesus macaques

Ferrari, P.F., Paukner, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3421-1864, Ruggiero, A., Darcey, L., Unbehagen, S. and Suomi, S.J., 2009. Interindividual differences in neonatal limitation and the development of action chains in rhesus macaques. Child Development, 80 (4), pp. 1057-1068. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

The capacity to imitate facial gestures is highly variable in rhesus macaques and this variability may be related to differences in specific neurobehavioral patterns of development. This study evaluated the differential neonatal imitative response of 41 macaques in relation to the development of sensory, motor, and cognitive skills throughout the 1st month of life. The results show that infants who imitate facial gestures display more developed skills in goal-directed movements (reaching–grasping and fine hand motor control) than non-imitators. These differences might reflect, at least in part, the differential maturation of motor chains in the parietal and motor cortices, which partly overlap with those of the mirror neuron system. Thus, neonatal imitation appears to be a predictor of future neurobehavioral development.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Child Development
Creators: Ferrari, P.F., Paukner, A., Ruggiero, A., Darcey, L., Unbehagen, S. and Suomi, S.J.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: July 2009
Volume: 80
Number: 4
ISSN: 0009-3920
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01316.xDOI
1427772Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Mar 2021 10:04
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42618

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