The Ohio State University at Newark


Chris Robinson

From learning a language to riding a bike, most of our experiences are multisensory in nature. The fact that the brain can integrate information from different sensory modalities (hearing, vision, etc.) into a coherent and unitary experience is truly amazing given that each sensory modality simultaneously receives qualitatively different types of input (e.g., photons, molecules, pressure, etc.) and this information is processed, at least in the early stages of processing, by dedicated sensory systems. My program of research examines how infants, children, young adults, and older adults process and integrate multisensory information and how this ability sub-serves various cognitive tasks such as statistical learning, categorization, word learning, and individuation.

Recent Publications:

Ciraolo, M. F., O'Hanlon, S. M., Robinson, C. W., & Sinnett, S. (in press). Stimulus onset modulates auditory and visual dominance. Vision.

Robinson, C. W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2019). Two mechanisms underlying auditory dominance: Overshadowing and response competition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 178, 317-340.

Barnhart, W. R., Rivera, S., & Robinson, C. W. (2018). Different patterns of modality dominance across development. Acta Psychologica, 182, 154-165.

Barnhart, W. R., & Rivera, S., & Robinson, C. W. (2018). Effects of linguistic labels on visual attention in children and young adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1 – 11.

Parker., J. L., & Robinson, C. W. (2018). Changes in multisensory integration across the lifespan. Psychology and Aging, 33(3) 545-558.

Robinson, C. W., Hawthorn, A. M., & Rahman, A. N. (2018). Developmental differences in filtering auditory and visual distractors during visual selective attention. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1-14.

Robinson, C. W., Moore, R. L., & Crook, T. A. (2018). Bimodal presentation speeds up auditory processing and slows down visual processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1-10.

Dunifon, C., Rivera, S., & Robinson, C.W. (2016). Auditory stimuli automatically grab attention: Evidence from eye tracking and attentional manipulations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42, 1947-1958.

Robinson, C.W., Chandra, M., & Sinnett, S. (2016). Existence of competing modality dominances. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 1104-1114.

Robinson, C. W., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2013). When audition dominates vision: Evidence from cross-modal statistical learning. Experimental Psychology, 60, 113-121.

Sloutsky, V. M. & Robinson, C. W. (2013). Redundancy matters: Flexible learning of multiple contingencies in infants. Cognition, 126, 156-164.




Area of Expertise

Cognitive Development

Perceptual Development

Multisensory processing



Christopher W. Robinson Curriculum Vitae

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