Typical crossmodal numerosity perception in preterm newborns

Giovanni Anobile, Maria C. Morrone, Daniela Ricci, Francesca Gallini, Ilaria Merusi, Francesca Tinelli

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Premature birth is associated with a high risk of damage in the parietal cortex, a key area for numerical and non-numerical magnitude perception and mathematical reasoning. Children born preterm have higher rates of learning difficulties for school mathematics. In this study, we investigated how preterm newborns (born at 28-34 weeks of gestation age) and full-term newborns respond to visual numerosity after habituation to auditory stimuli of different numerosities. The results show that the two groups have a similar preferential looking response to visual numerosity, both preferring the incongruent set after crossmodal habituation. These results suggest that the numerosity system is resistant to prematurity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-714
Number of pages22
JournalMultisensory Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Crossmodal perception
  • Neonatal cognition
  • Newborns
  • Numerical cognition
  • Numerosity perception
  • Preterm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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