My studies focus on the motor skills of the infant and more particularly on the four-legged walk. We possess locomotor capacities since our birth but are often unsuspected because well below those of most mammals. Walking on all fours has been very little studied at birth age but exists and is often considered as an archaic reflex. Yet this is the mode of natural movement of the newborn is, as studies show, able to move this way immediately after delivery to join the breast of his mother if it is placed on the latter .
The purpose of my work is 1) to clearly identify the nature of these movements in terms of quantity and quality ; 2) to determine whether the four-leg walking is also adaptable to the stimuli of the outside world such as smells, sounds or visual flows and 3) to identify the optimal conditions to activate this type of displacement, which assumes the test of specific adaptations.
The idea is to understand the motor skills that are ours from birth to be able to act as soon as possible in case of development with a risk of locomotor delay.