Cross-Modal Perception of Speech

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  • In their daily lives, infants are exposed to people talking to them, and as a result, they can see as well as hear their social partners. Thus, infants are usually exposed to audiovisual speech that consists of highly correlated, complementary, and redundant auditory and visual speech signals. Importantly, audiovisual speech is special because it is perceptually more salient than auditory speech. Consequently, it would be advantageous for infants to exploit the redundancy and greater salience of audiovisual speech as early as possible in order to acquire speech and language skills. Indeed, research has shown that infants are capable of cross-modal perception in general and that they can perceive the cross-modal aspects of speech in particular. In addition, it has been found that infants take advantage ...

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