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Infant neuronal responses to touch by hand versus spoon at 6 months

Grant number: 22/13637-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2022
Effective date (End): October 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Physiological Psychology
Principal Investigator:Ana Alexandra Caldas Osório
Grantee:Beatriz Pacheco Bispo
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM). Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:21/06693-4 - The importance of social touch for infant social-emotional development: integrating neuroimaging, psychophysiological, endocrine, and behavioral evidence, AP.JP2


Since birth, stimulation of areas innervated by CT fibers has the potential to generate activation in brain regions dedicated to the processing of social information. However, results on the neuronal discrimination of optimal CT fiber stimulation parameters throughout the first year of life are relatively inconsistent. The main aim of this workplan is to examine whether 6-month-olds' neuronal responses to touch by hand and by a spoon differ.

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