The role of frontal lobe functioning in the development of infant self-regulatory behavior.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In the last two decades, there has been tremendous growth in two fields of study related to human infant development: (1) the development of neural processes during the early postnatal years and (2) the development of self-regulatory behavior. In an attempt to stimulate research on the relation between early brain development and self-regulatory processes, several hypotheses pertaining to the role of frontal lobe functioning in the development of emotion regulation during infancy are proposed. The results of a study of the relation between frontal electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and emotional behavior of 21-month-old infants are reported. It was found that increases in frontal lobe activation were associated with increases in emotional arousal, while EEG activity recorded from the parietal region showed either a reciprocal pattern of activation or did not change as a function of level of emotional arousal. These results provide evidence for the specialized role of the frontal lobe in mediating emotional behavior during infancy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dawson, G; Panagiotides, H; Klinger, LG; Hill, D

Published Date

  • September 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 152 - 175

PubMed ID

  • 1389118

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-2626

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0278-2626(92)90066-u


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States