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Intersensory Perception

Intersensory perception is the unitary, or unified, perception of objects and events. Intersensory perception involves detecting and perceiving which sights, sounds, and other perceptual properties (e.g., touch, smell) belong together and which do not. For example, dropping a glass of water involves feeling and seeing the glass slip from one’s hand, as well as seeing and hearing the glass, and perhaps feeling a splash of water, as it crashes on the surface below. Much research in the area of intersensory perception focuses on how young infants and children learn to integrate different sensory information in order to arrive at a unified or unitary perception of the world. Intersensory perception, however, is also involved in postural control and spatial orientation in both children and adults. The ...

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