publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

A predisposition for biological motion in the newborn baby

Lucia Regolin; Francesca Simion; Hermann Bulf;
Open Access English
  • Published: 03 Jan 2008
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
An inborn predisposition to attend to biological motion has long been theorized, but had so far been demonstrated only in one animal species (the domestic chicken). In particular, no preference for biological motion was reported for human infants of <3 months of age. We tested 2-day-old babies' discrimination after familiarization and their spontaneous preferences for biological vs. nonbiological point-light animations. Newborns were shown to be able to discriminate between two different patterns of motion (Exp. 1) and, when first exposed to them, selectively preferred to look at the biological motion display (Exp. 2). This preference was also orientation-depend...
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free text keywords: Biological Sciences, Multidisciplinary, Discrimination learning, Motion perception, Infant newborn, Psychology, Biological motion perception, Biological motion, Animal species, Cognitive psychology, Visual perception
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