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Behav Brain Sci. 2017 Jan;40:e394. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X16001916.

"What" matters more than "Why" - Neonatal behaviors initiate social responses.

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1
Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) & Department of Psychology,University of Pittsburgh,Pittsburgh,PA 15260.KLL60@pitt.eduLibertus@pitt.eduhttp://www.psychology.pitt.edu/people/klaus-libertus-phdhttp://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/people/researcher-detail.cshtml?id=530.
2
Interdisciplinary Developmental Neuroscience (iDN),Department of Phoniatrics,Medical University of Graz,8036 Graz,Austria.christa.einspieler@medunigraz.atpeter.marschik@medunigraz.athttp://www.medunigraz.at/idn/team/christa-einspieler/http://www.medunigraz.at/idn/team/peter-b-marschik/.

Abstract

Newborns are born into a social environment that dynamically responds to them. Newborn behaviors may not have explicit social intentions but will nonetheless affect the environment. Parents contingently respond to their child, enabling newborns to learn about the consequences of their behaviors and encouraging the behavior itself. Consequently, newborn behaviors may serve both biological and social-cognitive purposes during development.

PMID:
29342825
DOI:
10.1017/S0140525X16001916

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