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ERIC Number: EJ858436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Development of Multimodal Processing in Infancy
Farzin, Faraz; Charles, Eric P.; Rivera, Susan M.
Infancy, v14 n5 p563-578 2009
A number of studies have investigated infants' abilities to extract and discriminate number from multimodal events. These results have been mixed for several possible reasons, including aspects of the experimental design that provide perceptual cues that are unrelated to number, and are known to influence looking preferences. This experiment used a preferential looking paradigm to investigate whether 6- to 9-month-old infants can extract the amodal property of number from an arbitrarily related multimodal event sequence when nonnumerical confounds are removed. Results demonstrate that female infants discriminate number from a multimodal presentation by 6 months, whereas males do so by 8 months. Further, the study underscores the importance of controlling for low-level perceptual cues in looking time experiments aimed at examining infants' cognitive abilities. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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