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    Five-month-old infants' discrimination of visual-tactile synchronous facial stimulation

    Filippetti, Maria and Farroni, T. and Johnson, Mark H. (2016) Five-month-old infants' discrimination of visual-tactile synchronous facial stimulation. Infant and Child Development 25 (3), pp. 317-322. ISSN 1099-0917.

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    Abstract

    The distinction between self and other is crucial for self-awareness and for our awareness of others. However, how human beings learn to associate the face they see in the mirror with themselves is still a matter of debate. The exploration of body-related multisensory processing with infants has demonstrated that they can detect visual-tactile contingencies, suggesting the presence of early implicit body perception simply based on the spatiotemporal matching between visual and tactile stimuli alone. In the present study, we used facial stimuli to investigate 5-month-old infants' visual preference for visual-tactile temporal synchrony. Infants watched a side-by-side video display of a peer's face being systematically stroked on the cheek with a paintbrush. During the video presentation, the infant's own cheek was stroked in synchrony with one video and in asynchrony with the other. Our result demonstrates that 5-month-old infants are able to discriminate between visual-tactile synchrony and asynchrony, by showing a visual preference for the synchronous facial stimulus.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): multisensory perception, body perception, face processing, infancy, self
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Mark Johnson
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 14:42
    Last Modified: 11 May 2017 01:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15950

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