Neurophysiology, Basic And ClinicalA magnetoencephalographic study on development of the somatosensory cortex in infantsGondo, KenjiroCA; Tobimatsu, Shozo1; Kira, Ryutaro; Tokunaga, Yoichi; Yamamoto, Tomoya2; Hara, ToshiroAuthor Information Departments of Pediatrics, 1Clinical Neurophysiology and 2Otorhinolaryngology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan CACorresponding Author Received 17 July 2001; accepted 14 August 2001 NeuroReport: October 29th, 2001 - Volume 12 - Issue 15 - p 3227-3231 Buy Abstract In order to examine the sensori-motor correlation in infants, we recorded the somatosensory evoked magnetic fields to tactile stimulation by using a 37-channel magnetoencephalograph. Twelve healthy infants were examined at palmar grasp stage and pincers grasp stage. Air-tapping stimulation of the right thumb was performed. Three distinct components (W1-3) emerged, W3, with a latency of ∼100 ms, being the most prominent. As infants grew up, the correlation coefficient and the amplitude of the equivalent current dipole of W3 for the thumb increased. These developmental changes may be attributable to increases in the stability and reproducibility of the cortex in response to somesthetic inputs. Moreover, this change along with motor development supports the presence of a sensori-motor correlation in infants. © 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.