Developmental progression in the audio-visual binding of novel environmental features in children. At the European Conference on Visual Perception.

Davies, Simon J. and Bourke, Lorna and Harrison, Neil (2015) Developmental progression in the audio-visual binding of novel environmental features in children. At the European Conference on Visual Perception. In: Unspecified.

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Abstract

The reliable crossmodal binding of environmental features supports a range of cognitive activities. During development children learn the statistical and semantic associations between these features. The current study explored the role of binding during the critical period in a child’s life when they start to formally learn the association between the sounds and symbols of the alphabet. This study assessed whether the ability to bind improves with age independently of longer-term exposure to the alphabet or other sound-symbol relationships. Reception (4 yrs+) and Year One (5 yrs+) age children undertook a change detection task which involved mapping the relationship between novel (random Garner-like matrices) shapes and novel (scrambled environmental) sounds. Two sound-symbol combinations were sequentially observed and then one combination was tested which could be a new or old combination of the original features. Signal detection analysis revealed no difference in bias between the age groups, whereas sensitivity to the correct binding significantly increased with age. We conclude that children’s ability to learn associations is based not only on experience, but also on individual difference in the ability to bind environmental features.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Simon Davies
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 14:01
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 13:47
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2024

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