Oscillatory entrainment to our early social or physical environment and the emergence of volitional control

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Wass, S., Perapoch Amado, M. and Ives, J. 2022. Oscillatory entrainment to our early social or physical environment and the emergence of volitional control. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 54 (Art. 101102). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2022.101102
AuthorsWass, S., Perapoch Amado, M. and Ives, J.
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An individual’s early interactions with their environment are thought to be largely passive; through the early years, the capacity for volitional control develops. Here, we consider: how is the emergence of volitional control characterised by changes in the entrainment observed between internal activity (behaviour, physiology and brain activity) and the sights and sounds in our everyday environment (physical and social)? We differentiate between contingent responsiveness (entrainment driven by evoked responses to external events) and oscillatory entrainment (driven by internal oscillators becoming temporally aligned with external oscillators). We conclude that ample evidence suggests that children show behavioural, physiological and neural entrainment to their physical and social environment, irrespective of volitional attention control; however, evidence for oscillatory entrainment beyond contingent responsiveness is currently lacking. Evidence for how oscillatory entrainment changes over developmental time is also lacking. Finally, we suggest a mechanism through which periodic environmental rhythms might facilitate both sensory processing and the development of volitional control even in the absence of oscillatory entrainment.

JournalDevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Journal citation54 (Art. 101102)
ISSN1878-9293
Year2022
PublisherElsevier
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Deposited12 Apr 2022
FunderEuropean Research Council
Leverhulme Trust
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