Visual information from observing grasping movement in allocentric and egocentric perspectives: development in typical children

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Abstract

Development of the motor system lags behind that of the visual system and might delay some visual properties more closely linked to action. We measured the developmental trajectory of the discrimination of object size from observation of the biological motion of a grasping action in egocentric and allocentric viewpoints (observing action of others or self), in children and adolescents from 5 to 18 years of age. Children of 5–7 years of age performed the task at chance, indicating a delayed ability to understand the goal of the action. We found a progressive improvement in the ability of discrimination from 9 to 18 years, which parallels the development of fine motor control. Only after 9 years of age did we observe an advantage for the egocentric view, as previously reported for adults. Given that visual and haptic sensitivity of size discrimination, as well as biological motion, are mature in early adolescence, we interpret our results as reflecting immaturity of the influence of the motor system on visual perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2039-2047
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Volume235
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • Allocentric perspective
  • Biological motion
  • Children
  • Egocentric perspective
  • Grasping
  • Size perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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