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    Newborn body perception: sensitivity to spatial congruency

    Filippetti, Maria Laura and Orioli, G. and Johnson, Mark H. and Farroni, Teresa (2015) Newborn body perception: sensitivity to spatial congruency. Infancy 20 (4), pp. 455-465. ISSN 1525-0008.

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    Studies on adults have demonstrated that the perception our own body can be manipulated by varying both temporal and spatial properties of multisensory information. While human newborns are capable of detecting the temporal synchrony of visuo-tactile body-related cues, it remains unknown whether they also utilise spatial information for body perception. Twenty newborns were presented with a video of an infant's face touched with a paintbrush, while their own face was touched either in the spatially congruent, or an incongruent, location. We found that newborns show a visual preference for spatially congruent synchronous events, supporting the view that newborns have a rudimentary sense of their own body.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 09:06
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:15


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