Behavioral Reactivity and Approach-Withdrawal Bias in Infancy

Amie Ashley Hane, Nathan A. Fox, Heather A. Henderson, Peter J. Marshall

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Abstract

Seven hundred seventy-nine infants were screened at 4 months of age for motor and emotional reactivity. At age 9 months, infants who showed extreme patterns of motor and negative (n = 75) or motor and positive (n = 73) reactivity and an unselected control group (n = 86) were administered the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery, and baseline electroencephalogram data were collected. Negatively reactive infants showed significantly more avoidance than positively reactive infants and displayed a pattern of right frontal electroencephalogram asymmetry. Positively reactive infants exhibited significantly more approach behavior than controls and exhibited a pattern of left frontal asymmetry. Results support the notion that approach-withdrawal bias underlies reactivity in infancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1491-1496
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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Keywords

  • approach-withdrawal bias
  • frontal EEG asymmetry
  • temperament

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Demography

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Hane, A. A., Fox, N. A., Henderson, H. A., & Marshall, P. J. (2008). Behavioral Reactivity and Approach-Withdrawal Bias in Infancy. Developmental Psychology, 44(5), 1491-1496. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0012855

Behavioral Reactivity and Approach-Withdrawal Bias in Infancy. / Hane, Amie Ashley; Fox, Nathan A.; Henderson, Heather A.; Marshall, Peter J.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 44, No. 5, 01.09.2008, p. 1491-1496.

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Hane, AA, Fox, NA, Henderson, HA & Marshall, PJ 2008, 'Behavioral Reactivity and Approach-Withdrawal Bias in Infancy', Developmental Psychology, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 1491-1496. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0012855
Hane, Amie Ashley ; Fox, Nathan A. ; Henderson, Heather A. ; Marshall, Peter J. / Behavioral Reactivity and Approach-Withdrawal Bias in Infancy. In: Developmental Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 44, No. 5. pp. 1491-1496.
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