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Newborn Body Perception: Sensitivity to Spatial Congruency

Filippetti, ML and Orioli, G and Johnson, MH and Farroni, T (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
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 15:57
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:30

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