Action perception; Life span; Developmental psychology; Experience; Social-cognitive development
Wermelinger Stephanie, Gampe Anja, Daum Moritz M. (2018), The dynamics of the interrelation of perception and action across the life span, in Psychological Research
Wermelinger Stephanie, Gampe Anja, Behr Jannis, Daum Moritz M. (2018), Interference of action perception on action production increases across the adult life span, in Experimental Brain Research
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Wermelinger Stephanie, Gampe Anja, Daum Moritz M. (2017), Higher levels of motor competence are associated with reduced interference in action perception across the lifespan, in Psychological Research
Understanding others’ behaviour is a fundamental skill in everyday life. Any engagement in cooperative and communicative activity within a dynamic environment requires the correct interpretation and prediction of others’ as well as the appropriate control of one’s own actions. One important question within the field of social-cognitive development is how perception and execution of actions are related in development. This question is still controversially discussed and has not yet been satisfactorily answered. The proposed project aims at contributing to it by investigating the developmental trajectories of this interrelation across the life span. Action perception will be measured through action prediction by means of eye-tracking paradigms. The applied paradigms were established to measure action prediction in infants and young adults. In the proposed project we will extend the age range, additionally assessing action perception in middle-aged and old adults. This approach allows expanding our perspective from the narrow focus on infancy to a broad “the-entire-life-span” perspective. This will help revealing how age-related changes in action performance are linked to related changes in action perception and whether changes in action perception and performance in old age occur independent from or interdependent with each other.