Effect of Auditory Numerical Information on Infants’ Looking Behavior: Contradictory Evidence

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Psychology (Pitzer)

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Infants, Attention in children, Auditory perception, Visual perception


Seven-month-old infants saw pairs of slides of two and three objects while listening to either two or three drum beats. Subjects looked longer at the noncorresponding display, particularly during the second block of 16 trials. These results are not in accord with those of Starkey, Spelke, and Gelman (1983). Although 7-month-old infants' attentiveness to a visually presented numerical event might be influenced by auditory information, the data call into question the suggestion that this influence is mediated by crossmodal matching of numerical information.


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