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Perceiving size through sound in sighted and visually impaired children

Luigi Cuturi; Giulia Cappagli; Alessia Tonelli; Elena Cocchi; Monica Gori

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  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.5595904", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Luigi Cuturi"
      "family": "Giulia Cappagli"
      "family": "Alessia Tonelli"
      "family": "Elena Cocchi"
      "family": "Monica Gori"
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>Associations between sensory features of different natures are defined as crossmodal correspondences.<br>\nIn the context of size perception, low pitch sound frequencies are often associated with<br>\nlarger objects and high pitch with smaller objects. Here we investigate such crossmodal correspondences<br>\nin sighted and visually-impaired children. In Experiment 1, after listening to sounds<br>\n(250&ndash;5000 Hz pure tones), children aged 6&ndash;11 years were asked to draw a circle &quot;as big as the<br>\nsound was&quot;. In Experiment 2, children aged 6&ndash;14 years who were blind or had low vision performed<br>\na similar task. In accordance with previous research, we observed that the circle size<br>\ndrawn depends on participants&rsquo; age and we confirm the presence of pitch-size associations in<br>\nsighted children. In visually-impaired children, such associations are influenced by residual<br>\nvision, suggesting an anchoring of size perception to level of residual vision. These results reveal<br>\nnovel dynamics underlying the advancing of visual loss and the emergence of compensatory<br>\nmechanisms in childhood.</p>", 
  "title": "Perceiving size through sound in sighted and visually impaired children", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "5595904"
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