Perceptual Development: Amodal Perception

In order to be a research assistant in the Infant Development Lab I volunteer at, I have to read articles written by the lab director and summarize them. Studies and concepts discussed are usually very neat (my personal favorite is the ventriloquist effect). Hopefully my summaries don’t come across as too choppy. Here’s one I wrote for amodal perception:

Amodal perception is perception of information that is redundant across multiple senses, and it includes changes in three types of stimulation: time, space and intensity. Because all events occur across time and space, all events have amodal information. For example, speech provides changes in audiovisual synchrony, tempo, rhythm and intonation that are common facial movements and vocal sounds. Self-motion produces information from muscles and joints, and that information is synchronized and shares temporal and intensity changes with the sight of self-motion. Amodal has also been used to refer to perception in the absence of direction information from one particular sense modality.

The concept of amodal perception dates back to more than 2,000 years ago. Since then, philosophers have proposed that sensations have to be interpreted across the senses before a person could perceive meaningful objects and events. A more three-dimensional approach was created by developmental psychologist when they stated the process was developed gradually through experience with objects. Gibson later proposed that different forms of sensory stimulation were not a problem for perception, but rather necessary for perceiving unitary objects and events – our senses work together as a unified perceptual system to pick up information that is common among the senses.

Amodal information is highly salient to humans and animals, especially during early development. Development of some skills depend on the detection of amodal information, such as being able to detect temporal synchrony, rhythm and tempo, as well as being able to detect emotion. Amodal information simplifies and organizes incoming sensory stimulation, which allows us to perceive unitary, multimodal events.

Bahrick, L.E. (2009). Perceptual development: Amodal perception. Encyclopedia of Perception, 1, 44-46.

Holy Ghost Tour

I finally got to see Joyce Manor and Modern Baseball perform. With Thin Lips opening the show, the venue was filled with good energy and good performances. (Unedited photos, soon-to-be edited and uploaded via Teenlink.)

First Show in a Couple of Months

I finally went to a show after months of being too tired or busy with school work to go to one (still disappointed I didn’t see Beyoncé perform because I had to study for my final for my human bio lab). I got to see: Diet Cig, who were super energetic; Brick + Mortar, who were also energetic but more “weird”; and The Front Bottoms, whom I’ve been wanting to see since high school.

Here are a couple of pictures I took via Teenlink that will go up in a photo gallery on its website later:

Modern Baseball Premiere “Holy Ghost”; Talk Growing Up and Calming Down

I really started to listen to MoBo a lot end of junior year/senior year of high school; haven’t really been keeping up them since college started. I think the new album is filling me up with a lot of sappy, nostalgic feelings. They’re probably one of those bands I’ll always be thankful for, even if I stop listened to them. Have to give it a couple of more listens to really pay attention to the lyrics, but sounds pretty good.

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Modern Baseball

“We were dealing with a lot of loss and change in our lives—grieving not only for ourselves, but for others.”—Brendan Lukens

Holy Ghost, the third full-length by Philly’s Modern Baseball, is the kind of album where small details take on great significance. In the roaring, rapturous “Mass,” Jake Ewald doesn’t just write about missing someone, he dials in on the specifics: “Days like this I miss listening to records/ making coffee together/ snow globes and jersey sheets.” In “Breathing in Stereo,” Brendan Lukens summons a similar emotion, writing, “I can’t help thinking about you this whole ride home/ from Alberta, Portland to wherever I’ll soon unfold.” That deep focus, plus their ability to pair it with songs that are almost effortlessly melodic, makes Holy Ghost not only the band’s best record, but also one of the best rock records of the year.

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Vetoing Anti-Overdose Drugs Doesn’t Stop Addiction

A longer, opinionated version of the article I wrote for Outloud:

In April, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would allow pharmacists to give out an anti-overdose drug without a prescription.

According to LePage, the drug, naloxone, “does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.”

He went on to say that passing the bill will create “a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other,” and stressed that it will “[produce] a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”

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New Bridge to Benefit Student Pedestrians (first article via FIUSM)

My first story via FIUSM was released almost a month ago.

Here’s a snippet and a link of the article published on FIUSM:

In attempt to make transportation not only easier to students, but to the community, a new pedestrian bridge, sidewalks and plazas will connect the City of Sweetwater with Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Set to be built by 2018, the bridge was first proposed in 2011.

“We had submitted twice but were turned down, not because it was a bad project, but because there was limited funding,” said Kenneth Jessell, FIU senior vice president for Finance and Administration and chief financial officer.

A partnership between MMC, who completed to FIU Football Stadium Expansion, and FIGG Bridge Engineers will finalize the designs of the bridge. The bridge will link Sweetwater with the northern entrance of FIU over Southwest Eighth Street. Improvements will also be made to the entrances of MMC and to the 109 Avenue area in Sweetwater.

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