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Early influence of auditory stimuli on upper-limb movements in young human infants: an overview
Department of Pedagogy of Human Movement, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil and Physical Education Course, Institute of Health Sciences, Paulista University, São Paulo, Brazil.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 5, no 1043, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Given that the auditory system is rather well developed at the end of the third trimester of pregnancy, it is likely that couplings between acoustics and motor activity can be integrated as early as at the beginning of postnatal life. The aim of the present mini-review was to summarize and discuss studies on earlyauditory-motor integration, focusing particularly on upper-limb movements (one of the most crucial means to interact with the environment) in association with auditory stimuli, to develop further understanding of their significance with regard to early infant development. Many studies have investigated the relationship between various infant behaviors (e.g., sucking, visual fixation,head turning) and auditory stimuli, and established that human infants can beobserved displaying couplings between action and environmental sensory stimulation already from just after birth, clearly indicating a propensity forintentional behavior. Surprisingly few studies, however, have investigated the associations between upper-limb movements and different auditory stimuli in newborns and young infants, infants born at risk for developmental disorders/delays in particular. Findings from studies of early auditory-motor interaction support that the developing integration of sensory and motor systems is a fundamental part of the process guiding the development of goal-directed action in infancy, of great importance for continued motor, perceptual, and cognitive development. At-risk infants (e.g., those bornpreterm) may display increasing central auditory processing disorders,negatively affecting early sensory-motor integration, and resulting inlong-term consequences on gesturing, language development, and social communication. Consequently, there is a need for more studies on such implications.

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Progressive Frontiers Press, 2014. Vol. 5, no 1043, 1-8 p.
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review, auditory-motorinteraction, upper-limb movements, newborns, infants, development, atypical development
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93418DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01043OAI: diva2:748623
Swedish Research Council, 2011-179

CAPES, Brazil (Process 1592412-2)

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