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Tactile discrimination of shape and intermodal transfer in 2- to 3-month-old infants

Examined whether there is intermodal transfer of shape from touch to vision and vice versa in 2- to 3-mo-old infants who are not yet capable of reaching out to visually specified objects. In Exp I, with 32 experimental Ss and 32 controls, a habituation procedure was used for each mode. Habituation and discrimination were found in the tactile and visual modes, and total exploration time was identical for the 2 modes. In Exp II, 32 Ss were made familiar with an object in either the visual or the tactile mode, and 2 tests were carried out using the same or a different object. Intermodal transfer from touch to vision but not from vision to touch occurred. Results are compared with data obtained by the present author and M. G. Pecheux (see record 1986-16957-001) with 4-5 mo old children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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