We aim to increase our knowledge of the impact of preterm birth on the maturation of the
visual and auditory systems and on the development of multisensory perception
Specifically, we aim to evaluate the preterm infants' capabilities of detection and
discrimination of different visual and auditory stimuli according to gestational age, post
menstrual age and the duration of the postnatal life.
A secondary aim is to compare this competencies in preterm and full term control art term
The final aim is to optimize the hospital environment in order to make it correspond to the
expectations and sensory abilities of very preterm infants.
Our hypothesis is that preterm birth exposes the infants to numerous atypical stimuli which
could accelerate the processes of sensory maturation