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Perception of object shape and texture in human newborns: evidence from cross-modal transfer tasks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17444979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Coralie Sann; Arlette Streri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1363-755X     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-20     Completed Date:  2007-10-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  399-410     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Psychology, Paris Descartes University, France.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child Development / physiology*
Form Perception / physiology*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Infant, Newborn
Photic Stimulation
Physical Stimulation
Recognition (Psychology) / physiology*
Touch / physiology*
Transfer (Psychology) / physiology*
Visual Perception / physiology*

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