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Intermodal relations in infancy

(from the chapter) Human adults know how to take an object they desire, and adapt their hand to size, shape, volume and orientation of the object in order to grip it suitably. Conversely, when they manipulate a non-visible object, they visually recognize its shape, its size and its volume without difficulty when the object becomes visible. These two types of intermodal coordination are evidence of the abstraction of several pieces of information common to vision and touch which appear in the course of development. This chapter examines the earliest forms of intermodal coordination, as they appear in infants. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)