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Understanding EventsFrom Perception to Action$
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Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001

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Perceptual Development in Infancy as the Foundation of Event Perception

Perceptual Development in Infancy as the Foundation of Event Perception

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Understanding Events

Scott P. Johnson (Contributor Webpage)

Dima Amso

Michael Frank

Sarah Shuwairi

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This chapter examines event perception in infancy. To address the question of infants' segmentation and integration of the units of perceptual input, it considers the nature of the auditory and visual environment itself and how it might appear to infants, as well as intermodal events, in particular development of infants' sensitivity to audiovisual information. It also focuses on the broader theme of developmental mechanisms — how it is that emerging sensory skills contribute to developments in cognitive capacities to segment, synthesize, and interpret information to make sense of events. It is shown that despite the dramatic differences between auditory and visual information processing, there are some parallels, such as an analysis of distributional information.

Keywords:   infants, auditory information, visual information, visual events, auditory events, developmental mechanisms

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