Cross-modality recognition, matching

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Cross-modal matching refers to the ability to recognize objects presented in two different sensory modalities. For example, an object presented visually could be discriminated using touch, or a photograph of a familiar person could be identified from a recording of their voice. Cross-modal perception is believed to recruit activity in polysensory cortex.

The Human Difference: 

Several studies have shown cross-modal perception in chimpanzees, using both visual and tactile and visual and auditory modalities.

Universality in Human Populations: 

Universal barring psychopathology

Occurrence in Other Animals: 

Apes, Old world monkeys, New world monkeys, Cetaceans, elephants and dogs

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