How does a doll play affect socio-emotional development in children? Evidence from behavioral and neuroimaging measures

Kazuki Sekine, Eriko Yamamoto, Saeka Miyahara, Yasuyo Minagawa

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Abstract

Mentalization is an important ability to acquire for children, as it allows humans to understand the mental state of others or oneself, that underlies overt behavior (Fonagy & Target, 1996). In the current study we examined the relationship between development of mentalization ability in children and their experience of playing with a doll by observing child-mother interaction and by using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). 44 dyads of children aged 2 to 3 and their mothers were divided into two groups (high and low) depending on the frequency of doll-play experience. We examined mother-speech interaction during the doll play. We also used fNIRS system to measure cerebral hemodynamic activation in the frontal and temporal regions during the observation of video clips showing hindering and helping behaviors. The results showed that a mother's proxy talk was related to a child's doll directed speech in the high group, but not in the low group. fNRIS data showed that cerebral activation in the helping condition was more increased in the low group than the high group. This suggests that doll-play experience facilitates the development of mentalization, which enables children to be aware of and understand other's psychological states.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Subtitle of host publicationCreativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages2776-2782
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0991196775, 9780991196777
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2019 Jul 242019 Jul 27

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019

Conference

Conference41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, CogSci 2019
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period19/7/2419/7/27

Keywords

  • doll play
  • fNIRS
  • mentalizing
  • social understanding
  • young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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