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Sensitivity to Visual-Tactile Colocation on the Body Prior to Skilled Reaching in Early Infancy

Begum Ali, J; Thomas, RL; Mullen Raymond, S; Bremner, AJ; (2021) Sensitivity to Visual-Tactile Colocation on the Body Prior to Skilled Reaching in Early Infancy. Child Development , 92 (1) pp. 21-34. 10.1111/cdev.13428. Green open access

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Abstract

Two experiments examined perceptual colocation of visual and tactile stimuli in young infants. Experiment 1 compared 4‐ (n = 15) and 6‐month‐old (n = 12) infants’ visual preferences for visual‐tactile stimulus pairs presented across the same or different feet. The 4‐ and 6‐month‐olds showed, respectively, preferences for colocated and noncolocated conditions, demonstrating sensitivity to visual‐tactile colocation on their feet. This extends previous findings of visual‐tactile perceptual colocation on the hands in older infants. Control conditions excluded the possibility that both 6‐ (Experiment 1), and 4‐month‐olds (Experiment 2, n = 12) perceived colocation on the basis of an undifferentiated supramodal coding of spatial distance between stimuli. Bimodal perception of visual‐tactile colocation is available by 4 months of age, that is, prior to the development of skilled reaching.

Type: Article
Title: Sensitivity to Visual-Tactile Colocation on the Body Prior to Skilled Reaching in Early Infancy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13428
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13428
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119880
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