Children and adults "see things differently"

Children and adults "see things differently"

The way in which children and adults see the world around them can differ considerably, a new study has suggested.

According to scientists at University College London (UCL) and Birkbeck, University of London, children younger than 12 years old do not combine different sensory information to make sense of the world as adults do.

The specialists claim that this not only applies to combining different senses, such as vision and sound, but also to the different information the brain receives when looking at a scene with one eye compared to both eyes.

Dr Marko Nardini, of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and lead author, said that to make sense of the world people rely on many different kinds of information, a benefit of which is combining information across different senses.

Co-author professor Denis Mareschal, from the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, added: "While children are still developing, the brain must determine the relationships between different kinds of sensory information to know which kinds go together and how." 

by Adrian Galbreth

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