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Understanding and Representing SpaceTheory and Evidence from Studies with Blind and Sighted
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Susanna Millar

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521426.001.0001

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The modalities as convergent sources of spatial information

The modalities as convergent sources of spatial information

3 The modalities as convergent sources of spatial information
Understanding and Representing Space

Susanna Millar

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the complementary nature of visual and movement information in early sensorimotor skills and the relation between hearing and movement. Subsequently, observations and results of intervention programmes with blind infants are considered. The chapter argues that on the basis of previous experiments the different sense of modalities actually provides complementary, convergent, and overlapping information. The point is illustrated by other empirical studies, particularly on reaching, sitting, and standing by infants, with and without sight of the spatial environment. As a final point, experiments on the effects of bimodal and concomitant inputs are illustrated which shows some of the conditions under which redundant information from different sources is an advantage.

Keywords:   early sensorimotor skills, blind infants, modalities, reaching, sitting, standing, spatial environment, bimodal inputs, concomitant inputs, redundant information

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