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ERIC Number: EJ934129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Predicting Sights from Sounds: 6-Month-Olds' Intermodal Numerical Abilities
Feigenson, Lisa
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v110 n3 p347-361 Nov 2011
Although the psychophysics of infants' nonsymbolic number representations have been well studied, less is known about other characteristics of the approximate number system (ANS) in young children. Here three experiments explored the extent to which the ANS yields abstract representations by testing infants' ability to transfer approximate number representations across sensory modalities. These experiments showed that 6-month-olds matched the approximate number of sounds they heard to the approximate number of sights they saw, looking longer at visual arrays that numerically mismatched a previously heard auditory sequence. This looking preference was observed when sights and sounds mismatched by 1:3 and 1:2 ratios but not by a 2:3 ratio. These findings suggest that infants can compare numerical information obtained in different modalities using representations stored in memory. Furthermore, the acuity of 6-month-olds' comparisons of intermodal numerical sequences appears to parallel that of their comparisons of unimodal sequences. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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