Tactile training facilitates infants' ability to reach to targets on the body

Eszter Somogyi, Mollie Hamilton, Lisa K. Chinn, Lisa Jacquey, Tobias Heed, Matej Hoffmann, Jeffrey J. Lockman, Jacqueline Fagard, J. Kevin O'Regan

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Abstract

This longitudinal study investigated the effect of experience with tactile stimulation on infants' ability to reach to targets on the body, an important adaptive skill. Infants were provided weekly tactile stimulation on eight body locations from 4 to 8 months of age (N = 11), comparing their ability to reach to the body to infants in a control group who did not receive stimulation (N = 10). Infants who received stimulation were more likely to successfully reach targets on the body than controls by 7 months of age. These findings indicate that tactile stimulation facilitates the development of reaching to the body by allowing infants to explore the sensorimotor correlations emerging from the stimulation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalChild Development
Early online date18 Jan 2023
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Publication statusEarly online - 18 Jan 2023

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