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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Walker P, Bremner JG, Lunghi M, Dolscheid S, D. Barba B, Simion F. Newborns are sensitive to the correspondence between auditory pitch and visuospatial elevation. Developmental Psychobiology. 2018;60:216–223. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.21603 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dev.21603/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Newborns are sensitive to the correspondence between auditory pitch and visuospatial elevation

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Developmental Psychobiology
Issue number2
Volume60
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)216-223
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/01/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Amodal (redundant) and arbitrary cross-sensory feature associations involve the context-insensitive mapping of absolute feature values across sensory domains. Cross-sensory associations of a different kind, known as correspondences, involve the context-sensitive mapping of relative feature values. Are such correspondences in place at birth (like amodal associations), or are they learned from subsequently experiencing relevant feature co-occurrences in the world (like arbitrary associations)? To decide between these two possibilities, human newborns (median age=44hr) watched animations in which two balls alternately rose and fell together in space. The pitch of an accompanying sound rose and fell either congruently with this visual change (pitch rising and falling as the balls moved up and down), or incongruently (pitch rising and falling as the balls moved down and up). Newborns' looking behavior was sensitive to this congruence, providing the strongest indication to date that cross-sensory correspondences can be in place at birth.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Walker P, Bremner JG, Lunghi M, Dolscheid S, D. Barba B, Simion F. Newborns are sensitive to the correspondence between auditory pitch and visuospatial elevation. Developmental Psychobiology. 2018;60:216–223. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.21603 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dev.21603/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.