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Visual^tactual and tactual^visual transfer between objects and pictures in 2-month-old infants

Investigated, through 6 experiments, the asymmetries in intermodal transfer (involving vision and touch) and the determinants of the direction of infants' preferences in a transfer task. 24 infants (aged 2 mo 0 days-2 mo 23 days) were tested using visual pictures and 3-dimensional (3D) objects. The data support 3 conclusions: (1) transfer from vision to touch is possible under certain conditions and is facilitated by the use of 2-dimensional (2D) visual representations rather than 3D visual objects; (2) the direction of preferences in a transfer task depends on the degree of dissimilarity between the haptically- and visually-presented objects; and (3) infants are able to perceive the 3D shape of an object both visually and haptically, and they are sensitive both to commonalities and to discrepancies between the shapes of 3D objects and of their 2D representations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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