Project Description

How early mother-infant interaction shapes culture specific visual perception processes - a comparision between Japan and Austria

Project leadersStefanie Höhl (Universität Wien), Moritz Köster (Freie Universität Berlin)
Project partnersShoji Itakura (Doshisha University, Kyoto University, Japan), Daiki Yamasaki (Kyoto University, Japan)
Project membersAnna Bánki (Universität Wien)
Durationsince 2018;



Our cross-cultural study in collaboration with Kyoto University investigates how early mother-infant interaction shapes culture specific visual perception processes. Images are shown to Japanese and Austrian mother-infant dyads while the infant's brain activity is recorded with electroencephalography. We ask mothers to guide the attention of their infants by pointing at the images so that we can compare babies’ brain activity in the two cultures. Our findings will help to understand the developmental origins of cross-cultural differences in perception and cognition, already emerging at such an early age. This project is partially funded by the Mobility Fellowship of Vienna University in a research partnership with Kyoto University in Japan.

Our project results

      Köster, M., Bánki, A., Yamasaki, D., Masaharu, K., Itakura, S. & Hoehl, S. (2023). Cross-cultural differences in visual object and background processing in the infant brain. Imaging Neuroscience1, 1–11.