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Preverbal Infants' Sensitivity to Synaesthetic Cross-Modality Correspondences.

Walker, Peter and Bremner, J. Gavin and Mason, Ursula and Spring, Joanne and Mattock, Karen and Slater, Alan and Johnson, Scott P (2010) Preverbal Infants' Sensitivity to Synaesthetic Cross-Modality Correspondences. Psychological Science, 21 (1). pp. 21-25. ISSN 0956-7976

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Abstract

Stimulation of one sensory modality can induce perceptual experiences in another modality that reflect synaesthetic correspondences among different dimensions of sensory experience. In visual-hearing synaesthesia, for example, higher pitched sounds induce visual images that are brighter, smaller, higher in space, and sharper than those induced by lower pitched sounds. Claims that neonatal perception is synaesthetic imply that such correspondences are an unlearned aspect of perception. To date, the youngest children in whom such correspondences have been confirmed with any certainty were 2- to 3-year-olds. We examined preferential looking to assess 3- to 4-month-old preverbal infants' sensitivity to the correspondences linking auditory pitch to visuospatial height and visual sharpness. The infants looked longer at a changing visual display when this was accompanied by a sound whose changing pitch was congruent, rather than incongruent, with these correspondences. This is the strongest indication to date that synaesthetic cross-modality correspondences are an unlearned aspect of perception.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Psychological Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: synaesthesia ; infant perception ; cross-modal perception ; preferential looking ; AUDITORY PITCH ; SOUND ; SIZE ; PERCEPTION ; TONES
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
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ID Code: 53816
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 May 2012 15:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 14:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53816

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