To have and to hold: embodied ownership is established in early childhood.

Kritikos, Ada, Sparks, Samuel, Lister, Jessica, Sofronoff, Katherine, Bayliss, Andrew ORCID: and Slaughter, Virginia (2020) To have and to hold: embodied ownership is established in early childhood. Experimental Brain Research, 238 (2). 355–367. ISSN 0014-4819

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We investigated whether embodied ownership is evident in early childhood. To do so, we gifted a drinking bottle to children (aged 24–48 months) to use for 2 weeks. They returned to perform reach–grasp–lift–replace actions with their own or the experimenter’s bottle while we recorded their movements using motion capture. There were differences in motor interactions with self- vs experimenter-owned bottles, such that children positioned self-owned bottles significantly closer to themselves compared with the experimenter’s bottle. Age did not modulate the positioning of the self-owned bottle relative to the experimenter-owned bottle. In contrast, the pattern was not evident in children who selected one of the two bottles to keep only after the task was completed, and thus did not ‘own’ it during the task (Experiment 2). These results extend similar findings in adults, confirming the importance of ownership in determining self–other differences and provide novel evidence that object ownership influences sensorimotor processes from as early as 2 years of age.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood,embodied cognition,kinematics,ownership,reach-to-grasp actions,preschool-children,perception,possessions,mine,self,history,neuroscience(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2800
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 04:13
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2023 07:31
DOI: 10.1007/s00221-020-05726-w

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