Sound Localization and Screening

Is There a Bridge and is it Worth Crossing?
  • Joseph W. Sullivan
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


In this volume, Fagan and Rock present findings from their measure of visual novelty preference in infants 3 to 7 months of age, indicating that their measure is more predictive of 3-year intelligence scores than standardized measures of sensorimotor performance. Fagan and Rock’s findings provide support for Zelazo’s (1979) proposal that the use of an information processing approach (i. e., the ways in which infants process visual and auditory information) will be a more valid measure of underlying cognitive development than the prevalently used assessments of sensorimotor development. The assumption is that the early information processing abilities are more closely related to the processes assessed by subsequent measures of intelligence. In this chapter, I describe research that is studying the efficacy of using auditory processing abilities for the identification of those infants from a high-risk population who are truly at risk for subsequent developmental problems. The chapter is divided into two sections. The first section provides some necessary background and the rationale for the approach being taken. In the second section, a study employing 4-month-old infants as subjects is presented as an example of the research that is being done as part of this project.


Sound Localization Head Turn Child Neurology Auditory Localization Developmental Medicine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph W. Sullivan
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  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Child Development Center, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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