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    The sensitive period for tactile remapping does not include early infancy

    Azanon Gracia, Elena and Camacho, K. and Morales, M. and Longo, Matthew R. (2017) The sensitive period for tactile remapping does not include early infancy. Child Development 89 (4), pp. 1394-1404. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    Visual input during development seems crucial in tactile spatial perception, given that late, but not congenitally, blind people are impaired when skin-based and tactile external representations are in conflict (when crossing the limbs). To test whether there is a sensitive period during which visual input is necessary, fourteen children (age=7.95) and a teenager (LM, age=17.38) deprived of early vision by cataracts, and whose sight was restored during the first five months and at age seven, respectively, were tested. Tactile localization with arms crossed and uncrossed was measured. Children showed a crossing effect indistinguishable from a control group (Ns=28, age=8.24) while LM showed no crossing effect (Ns controls=14, age=20.78). This demonstrates a sensitive period which, critically, does not include early infancy.


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    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.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 14:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:30


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