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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Head Position and Posture in Newborn Infants

Head Position and Posture in Newborn Infants

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(p.118) Chapter 15 Head Position and Posture in Newborn Infants
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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François Jouen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0015

The early development of head-neck and postural control systems has garnered interest not only from developmental psychologists but from researchers from other domains as well. Until recently, however, this field had been ruled by an essentially maturationistic approach and has not extended much beyond more or less accurate descriptions of observed postural behavior. Major aspects of postural development are elaborated in terms of the central nervous system. Recent research on infants' sensory-motor systems has revealed an intricacy overlooked by a maturationistic perspective. Therefore, reconsidering early postural development in a wider framework is a must, combining all the different inputs involved from proprio to ex-proprioceptive signals.

Keywords:   head position, infants, postural development, central nervous system, sensory-motor systems, maturationistic approach

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