Infants learn to communicate through everyday social interaction with their caregivers in a multisensory world involving sight, hearing, touch and smell. The neural and behavioural underpinnings of caregiver-infant multisensory interaction and communication, however, have remained largely unexplored in research across disciplines. This book highlights this largely uncharted territory to better understand the developmental origins of human multisensory perception and communication.
It emphasizes the range and complexity of multisensory infant-caregiver interaction in the real world, and its developmental and neurophysiological characteristics.
Furthermore, recent theories of brain development suggest that brain, body and the environment interact with one another on an ongoing basis, influencing each other and are constantly being influenced by each other. This volume aims to elucidate the neurophysiological, behavioural and environmental factors to better understand the nature of multisensory communication as a whole.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Developmental Neuropsychology.
Introduction – Development of Early Multisensory Perception and Communication: From Environmental and Behavioral to Neural Signatures Lakshmi Gogate
1. Behavioral and Neural Foundations of Multisensory Face-Voice Perception in Infancy Daniel C. Hyde, Ross Flom, and Chris L. Porter
2. Early Verb-Action and Noun-Object Mapping Across Sensory Modalities: A Neuro-Developmental View Lakshmi Gogate and George Hollich
3. Visual Event-Related Potentials to Novel Objects Predict Rapid Word Learning Ability in 20-Month-Olds Kristina Borgström, Janne von Koss Torkildsen, and Magnus Lindgren
4. The Multisensory Nature of Verbal Discourse in Parent–Toddler Interactions Sumarga H. Suanda, Linda B. Smith, and Chen Yu
5. Contingencies Between Infants’ Gaze, Vocal, and Manual Actions and Mothers’ Object-Naming: Longitudinal Changes From 4 to 9 Months Lucas Chang, Kaya de Barbaro, and Gedeon Deák
6. Synchrony Detection of Linguistic Stimuli in the Presence of Faces: Neuropsychological Implications for Language Development in ASD Elena Patten, Jeffrey D. Labban, Devin M. Casenhiser, and Catherine L. Cotton