Sensitivity to Visual-Tactile Colocation on the Body Prior to Skilled Reaching in Early Infancy

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  • Jannath Begum Ali
  • Rhiannon L. Thomas
  • Stephanie Mullen Raymond
  • Andrew Bremner

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  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of London
  • University College London


Two experiments examined perceptual colocation of visual and tactile stimuli in young infants. Experiment 1 compared 4- (n = 15) and 6-month-old (n = 12) infants’ visual preferences for visual-tactile stimulus pairs presented across the same or different feet. The 4- and 6-month-olds showed, respectively, preferences for colocated and noncolocated conditions, demonstrating sensitivity to visual-tactile colocation on their feet. This extends previous findings of visual-tactile perceptual colocation on the hands in older infants. Control conditions excluded the possibility that both 6- (Experiment 1), and 4-month-olds (Experiment 2, n = 12) perceived colocation on the basis of an undifferentiated supramodal coding of spatial distance between stimuli. Bimodal perception of visual-tactile colocation is available by 4 months of age, that is, prior to the development of skilled reaching.


Original languageEnglish
JournalChild Development
Early online date13 Sep 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Sep 2020