The multisensory approach to development

Andrew J. Bremner, David J. Lewkowicz and Charles Spence

in Multisensory Development

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586059
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741470 | DOI:
The multisensory approach to development

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Philosophers and psychologists alike have debated for centuries how humans and other species deal with the multiple sources of sensory information that specify the world around them. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in our understanding of multisensory processes in mature adults, which have led to the conclusion that multisensory processes are ubiquitous in mature psychological functioning. However, developmental research has also shown that multisensory integration takes time to develop and that early experience plays a key role in its development. This chapter describes how the development of multisensory functioning can both constrain and enrich perceptual and cognitive functioning through the lifespan. This chapter also reflects on the history of the field, and draws out some key themes of recent research in multisensory development.

Keywords: multisensory; developmental psychology; developmental neuroscience; crossmodal perception; cognitive development; perceptual development; multisensory development

Chapter.  14396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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