Perception-action integration in young age -- A cross-sectional EEG study

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Humans differ in their capacity for integrating perceived events and related actions. The “Theory of event coding” (TEC) conceptualizes how stimuli and actions are cognitively bound into a common functional representation (or “code”), known as the “event file”. To date, however, the neural processes underlying the development of event file coding mechanisms across age are largely unclear. We investigated age-related neural changes of event file coding from late childhood to early adulthood, using EEG signal decompositions methods. We included a group of healthy participants (n = 91) between 10 and 30 years, performing an event file paradigm. Results of this study revealed age-related effects on event file coding processes both at the behavioural and the neurophysiological level. Performance accuracy data showed that event file unbinding und rebinding processes become more efficient from late childhood to early adulthood. These behavioural effects are reflected by age-related effects in two neurophysiological subprocesses associated with the superior parietal cortex (BA7) as revealed in the analyses using EEG signal decomposition. The first process entails mapping and association processes between stimulus and response; whereas, the second comprises inhibitory control subprocesses subserving the selection of the relevant motor programme amongst competing response options.


Original languageEnglish
Article number100977
JournalDevelopmental cognitive neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

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Scopus 85108073092
ORCID /0000-0001-8409-5390/work/142254932
ORCID /0000-0002-2989-9561/work/146788745