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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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      <creatorName>Luigi Cuturi</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Unit for Visually impaired people</affiliation>
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      <creatorName>Giulia Cappagli</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Unit for Visually impaired people</affiliation>
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      <creatorName>Alessia Tonelli</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Unit for Visually impaired people</affiliation>
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    <creator>
      <creatorName>Elena Cocchi</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Istituto David Chiossone</affiliation>
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    <creator>
      <creatorName>Monica Gori</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Unit for Visually impaired people</affiliation>
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  <titles>
    <title>Perceiving size through sound in sighted and visually impaired children</title>
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  <publisher>Zenodo</publisher>
  <publicationYear>2021</publicationYear>
  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">2021-09-24</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;Associations between sensory features of different natures are defined as crossmodal correspondences.&lt;br&gt;
In the context of size perception, low pitch sound frequencies are often associated with&lt;br&gt;
larger objects and high pitch with smaller objects. Here we investigate such crossmodal correspondences&lt;br&gt;
in sighted and visually-impaired children. In Experiment 1, after listening to sounds&lt;br&gt;
(250&amp;ndash;5000 Hz pure tones), children aged 6&amp;ndash;11 years were asked to draw a circle &amp;quot;as big as the&lt;br&gt;
sound was&amp;quot;. In Experiment 2, children aged 6&amp;ndash;14 years who were blind or had low vision performed&lt;br&gt;
a similar task. In accordance with previous research, we observed that the circle size&lt;br&gt;
drawn depends on participants&amp;rsquo; age and we confirm the presence of pitch-size associations in&lt;br&gt;
sighted children. In visually-impaired children, such associations are influenced by residual&lt;br&gt;
vision, suggesting an anchoring of size perception to level of residual vision. These results reveal&lt;br&gt;
novel dynamics underlying the advancing of visual loss and the emergence of compensatory&lt;br&gt;
mechanisms in childhood.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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      <funderName>European Commission</funderName>
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      <awardNumber awardURI="info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/732391/">732391</awardNumber>
      <awardTitle>Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on multisensory interactive Information and Communication Technologies and serious games</awardTitle>
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      <awardNumber awardURI="info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/Horizon 2020 Framework Programme - European Research Council - Starting Grant/948349/">948349</awardNumber>
      <awardTitle>The role of vision on perceptual space representation</awardTitle>
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