ERIC Number: ED130771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Spatial Effects of Sound on Visual Activity in Human Newborns.
Mendelson, Morton J.; Haith, Marshall M.
This study investigated the possibility of a functional relation between the auditory and visual systems in the human newborn beyond reflexive organization. Visual activity was monitored in 16 newborns through the use of infrared corneal reflection video tape recording. Infants were observed in total darkness and while monocularly viewing a vertical bar presented either in the left or right part of the visual field. Sound was presented ipsilateral and contralateral to the bar. Results indicate that sound produced looking first toward the source and then away from the source, thereby spatially biasing exploratory visual behavior. The data suggest that audition and vision are related at birth in a manner that is not purely reflexive. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D. C., September 3-7, 1976); Based on part of dissertation submitted by first author to Harvard University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Ph.D.