The integrated development of sensory organization

Clin Perinatol. 2011 Dec;38(4):591-603. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2011.08.007. Epub 2011 Oct 13.


The natural environment provides a flux of concurrent stimulation to all our senses, and the integration of information from different sensory systems is a fundamental feature of perception and cognition. How information from the different senses is integrated has long been of concern to several scientific disciplines, including psychology, cognitive science, and the neurosciences, each with different questions and methodologies. In this article, I briefly explore some of these recent advances in the understanding of the development of sensory integration and organization and discuss implications of these advances for the care and management of the preterm infant.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Sensation / physiology*