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Apprendre à contrôler sa posture aux débuts de la vie: rôle de la vision et de la locomotion.

Control over posture is a major factor in the young childrens behavioral and psychological development because maintaining a stable relation with the environment is critical to learning about the world and ones place in it. Visions role in postural control has attracted far more attention than the roles of the other perceptual systems. Despite this focus, however, our understanding of the early origin of infant visual-postural coupling and the process by which it changes is currently in a state of flux, with many outstanding problems and questions. Is the vision already controlling posture and locomotion at birth, even in a primitive form? What contextual factors influence visual-postural coupling in infants and what factors lead to changes in this coupling during the first year of life? Are some types of visual information used more effectively than others for postural control? We will provide some answers to the aforementioned questions in the subsequent chapter. They will underline the role of vision in the development of postural control and, concomitantly, the role of postural control and other actions on the development of vision and visual-postural coupling.