University of Copenhagen
Exploring the social world: The impact of motor development on typical and atypical social cognition
In recent years, the impact of the development of motor skills on mental, psychological and physical health has been shown. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence for a link between motor development and the development of social interaction skills. This has important implications for the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders, in which both motor and social functioning are often compromised or atypical. However, while the motor system is beginning to receive renewed attention in the study of atypical populations, the complex relationship between developing motor and social abilities has largely been ignored in these groups. We propose that investigating the interactions between these dynamic systems will illuminate a range of social outcomes in both typical and atypical development, and will provide important opportunities for intervention in early life.