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ERIC Number: EJ796531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Intersensory Redundancy Accelerates Preverbal Numerical Competence
Jordan, Kerry E.; Suanda, Sumarga H.; Brannon, Elizabeth M.
Cognition, v108 n1 p210-221 Jul 2008
Intersensory redundancy can facilitate animal and human behavior in areas as diverse as rhythm discrimination, signal detection, orienting responses, maternal call learning, and associative learning. In the realm of numerical development, infants show similar sensitivity to numerical differences in both the visual and auditory modalities. Using a habituation-dishabituation paradigm, we ask here, whether providing redundant, multisensory numerical information allows six-month-old infants to make more precise numerical discriminations. Results indicate that perceptually redundant information improved preverbal numerical precision to a level of discrimination previously thought attainable only after additional months of development. Multimodal stimuli may thus boost abstract cognitive abilities such as numerical competence. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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