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ERIC Number: EJ849135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Perception of Object Shape and Texture in Human Newborns: Evidence from Cross-Modal Transfer Tasks
Sann, Coralie; Streri, Arlette
Developmental Science, v10 n3 p399-410 May 2007
The present research investigates newborn infants' perceptions of the shape and texture of objects through studies of the bi-directionality of cross-modal transfer between vision and touch. Using an intersensory procedure, four experiments were performed in newborns to study their ability to transfer shape and texture information from vision to touch and from touch to vision. The results showed that cross-modal transfer of shape is not bi-directional at birth. Newborns visually recognized a shape previously held but they failed to tactually recognize a shape previously seen. In contrast, a bi-directional cross-modal transfer of texture was observed. Taken together, the results suggest that newborn infants, like older children and adults, gather information differently in the visual and tactile modes, for different object properties. The findings provide evidence for continuity in the development of mechanisms for perceiving object properties.
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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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