Sensitivity to Visual‐Tactile Colocation on the Body Prior to Skilled Reaching in Early Infancy

Begum Ali, Jannath; Thomas, Rhiannon; Mullen Raymond, Stephanie and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2021. Sensitivity to Visual‐Tactile Colocation on the Body Prior to Skilled Reaching in Early Infancy. Child Development, 92(1), pp. 21-34. ISSN 0009-3920 [Article]

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Two experiments examined perceptual colocation of visual and tactile stimuli in young infants. Experiment 1 compared 4‐ (n = 15) and 6‐month‐old (n = 12) infants’ visual preferences for visual‐tactile stimulus pairs presented across the same or different feet. The 4‐ and 6‐month‐olds showed, respectively, preferences for colocated and noncolocated conditions, demonstrating sensitivity to visual‐tactile colocation on their feet. This extends previous findings of visual‐tactile perceptual colocation on the hands in older infants. Control conditions excluded the possibility that both 6‐ (Experiment 1), and 4‐month‐olds (Experiment 2, n = 12) perceived colocation on the basis of an undifferentiated supramodal coding of spatial distance between stimuli. Bimodal perception of visual‐tactile colocation is available by 4 months of age, that is, prior to the development of skilled reaching.

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This research was supported by an award from the European Research Council under the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013; ERC Grant agreement no. 241242) to Andrew J. Bremner.

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3 March 2020Accepted
13 September 2020Published Online
25 January 2021Published

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18 Sep 2020 14:11

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26 Mar 2021 10:22

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