Multisensory Processing of Complex Objects in Infancy

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Psychology

Abstract

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Publications

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Mareschal, D (2012) Multisensory Development

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Westermann G (2014) From perceptual to language-mediated categorization. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

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Westermann G (2012) Mechanisms of developmental change in infant categorization in Cognitive Development

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ES/I032584/1 22/06/2011 26/09/2011 £80,094
ES/I032584/2 Transfer ES/I032584/1 26/09/2011 25/07/2012 £61,738
 
Description An important question on infants' learning about the world is when they become able to integrate the visual appearance of objects with the sounds they make. We studied this ability by creating cartoons of novel animals that made novel sounds and testing 10- and 12-month-old infants on their ability to learn this mapping. We found that 12-month-olds, but not 10-month-olds, learned the mapping, suggesting that 12-month-olds can rapidly learn the link between visual and auditory properties of novel objects.
Exploitation Route This basic research could be of interest, e.g., to toy manufacturers who aim to design toys that are interesting for infants. A related interest might be for creators of tablet apps for young children.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education

 
Description For the time being our findings have been disseminated in the academic community. They have also been disseminated to the public through outreach events at the Lancaster Babylab.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Education
Impact Types Societal

 
Description How do we know what babies know? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk given at the Oxford Brookes 6th Form Conference, 24 June 2011

A school asked for a lab visit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Infants' Learning about Objects in Their First Years of Life. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Göttingen, Germany, 25th April, 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Infants' Learning about Objects in Their First Years of Life. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 18th June, 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Labels, Sounds and Objects in Infancy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk presented at the Department of Psychology Developmental Psychology group, University of Göttingen, Germany, 20th March, 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Objects, Words, Sounds: Infants' Learning in Their First Year of Life. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Lecture presented at the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen, Germany, 9th April, 2013

After the talk I was invited to participate in an Open Day event to showcase this research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description What Babies Know/Was Babys Wissen. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Day-long installation at the Open House of the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen, Germany, 25th May, 2013

There was much positive feedback from visitors to the event who reported a better understanding of infants' development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/433025.html