Infant interest expressions as coordinative motor structures

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George F. Michel, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Two opposing facial actions, raised and knit (contracted} brows, hove been considered expressions of the unitary emotion of interest. We examined differential relationships between these brow actions and accompanying head, eye, arm, and other facial movements in 5- and 7-month-old infants who were videotaped as toys were presented above or below eye level. Raised-brow movements significantly co-occurred with head-up and/or eyes-up movements for both ages. Knit-brows co-occurred with eyes-down at 5 months and head-down at 7 months. Frequency of arm movements was not systematically related to head, eye, or brow movements. Muscles that move the brows con be recruited when young infants move their head and/or eyes. Therefore, converging sources of evidence are needed before interest con be inferred from the brow actions of infants.

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Infant Behavior & Development. 1992; 15:347-358
Language: English
Date: 1992
Infant, Facial expressions, Motor coordination, Emotion, Interest

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