Understanding sensory regulation in typical and atypical development: the case of sensory seeking

Piccardi, Elena Serena and Gliga, Teodora (2022) Understanding sensory regulation in typical and atypical development: the case of sensory seeking. Developmental Review, 65. ISSN 0273-2297

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Sensory regulation, the ability to select and process sensory information to plan and perform appropriate behaviours, provides a foundation for learning. From early in development, infants manifest differences in the strategies used for sensory regulation. Here, we discuss the nature and characteristics of sensory seeking, a key behavioural strategy for sensory regulation often described as atypical in children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. We evaluate theoretical models proposed to clarify mechanisms underlying individual differences in sensory seeking and discuss evidence for/against each of these models. We conclude by arguing that the information prioritization hypothesis holds the greatest promise to illuminate the nature of individual differences in sensory seeking across participant cohorts. This proposal aligns to molecular genetic animal and human evidence, provides a coherent explanation for developmental findings, and generates testable hypotheses for future research.

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Additional Information: Funding: This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [204770/Z/16/Z]. For the purpose of open access, the authors have applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled Keywords: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd),autism spectrum disorders (asd),gain modulation,individual differences,sensory regulation,sensory seeking,pediatrics, perinatology, and child health,experimental and cognitive psychology,education,developmental and educational psychology,psychiatry and mental health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2735
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 04:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86866
DOI: 10.1016/j.dr.2022.101037


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