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The development of multisensory balance, locomotion, orientation and navigation

Nardini, M.; Cowie, D.

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A. Bremner
Editor

D. Lewkowicz
Editor

C. Spence
Editor

Abstract

This chapter reviews the development of multisensory control of whole-body movement. The developing interactions between non-visual (e.g. vestibular and proprioceptive) and visual (e.g. optic flow) sensory inputs for whole-body control are discussed. Even very young children use multisensory information for spatial orienting responses, and to control balance and locomotion. In many tasks, research shows that visual information is heavily weighted in infancy and early childhood, but is gradually down-weighted during development in favour of somatosensory and vestibular inputs. Sensory integration for more complex navigation tasks shows an extended developmental trajectory. The application of Bayesian (ideal observer) models to understanding sensory integration and re-weighting in childhood is discussed.

Citation

Nardini, M., & Cowie, D. (2012). The development of multisensory balance, locomotion, orientation and navigation. In A. Bremner, D. Lewkowicz, & C. Spence (Eds.), Multisensory development (137-159). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199586059.003.0006

Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2012
Publication Date Jun 21, 2012
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2013
Publicly Available Date Apr 22, 2015
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 137-159
Book Title Multisensory development.
Chapter Number 6
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199586059.003.0006
Keywords Multisensory, Development, Vision, Optic flow, Balance, Spatial, Orientation, Navigation, Bayesian, Multisensory development

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This is a draft of a chapter that was accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the book 'Multisensory development' edited by Andrew J. Bremner, David J. Lewkowicz, and Charles Spence and published in 2012.







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