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Motor asymmetries in the human newborn are state dependent but independent of position in space
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2000 (English)In: Experimental Brain Research, ISSN 0014-4819, E-ISSN 1432-1106, Vol. 134, no 3, 378-384 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Human newborns have a preference for turning and maintaining the head to one side of the body. Most studies confirm a right-sided preference in supine. Few have addressed the state dependency of this lateral bias, and even fewer have examined whether it is also expressed in the semi-upright position. We investigated whether it varies as a function of behavioural state and position in space. Kinematic recordings of head movements were made with the newborn secured on a platform in the supine or semi-upright position, which alleviated biomechanical and postural constraints imposed by gravity. Newborns differed as to whether they had a vertex, Caesarean or breech delivery. The majority of infants maintained a right-sided preference in both positions, but it was strongly mediated by state. Delivery type did not account for any lateral bias. These findings provide convincing evidence that a lateral bias in movement and positioning of the head are reflections of active neural processes rooted in the regulation of state.

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2000. Vol. 134, no 3, 378-384 p.
Keyword [en]
human newborns, head position preference, head movements, behavioural state, delivery type
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Social Sciences Medical and Health Sciences Neurosciences
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Psychology; Developmental Neurosciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63354DOI: 10.1007/s002210000467ISI: 000089608500011OAI: diva2:581805
Available from: 2013-01-02 Created: 2013-01-02 Last updated: 2013-10-08Bibliographically approved

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