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Latest Multimodal integration Stories

2013-10-24 12:08:06

Study aims to understand how, when the auditory system registers complex auditory-visual synchrony Imagine the brain's delight when experiencing the sounds of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" while simultaneously taking in a light show produced by a visualizer. A new Northwestern University study did much more than that. To understand how the brain responds to highly complex auditory-visual stimuli like music and moving images, the study tracked parts of the auditory system involved in...

2013-05-08 17:07:25

Smell and touch, sniffing and 'whisking,' are locked in sync When animals are on the hunt for food they likely use many senses, and scientists have wondered how the different senses work together. New research from the laboratory of CSHL neuroscientist and Assistant Professor Adam Kepecs shows that when rats actively use the senses of smell (sniffing) and touch (through their whiskers) those two processes are locked in synchronicity. The team's paper, published today in the Journal of...

2012-04-12 11:16:12

Study uncovers a possible positive effect of using multiple forms of media at the same time Our obsession with multiple forms of media is not necessarily all bad news, according to a new study by Kelvin Lui and Alan Wong from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Their work shows that those who frequently use different types of media at the same time appear to be better at integrating information from multiple senses - vision and hearing in this instance - when asked to perform a specific...

2012-03-13 21:45:13

Findings establish a model to study how the brain processes multisensory information, a process that goes awry in autism spectrum disorders The next time you set a trap for that rat running around in your basement, here's something to consider: you are going up against an opponent whose ability to assess the situation and make decisions is statistically just as good as yours. A Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) study that compared the ability of humans and rodents to make perceptual...

2011-12-15 16:27:59

Researchers discover how the brain merges sights and sounds In order to get a better picture of our surroundings, the brain has to integrate information from different senses, but how does it know which signals to combine? New research involving scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen, the University of Oxford, and the University of Bielefeld has demonstrated that humans exploit the...

2011-05-11 01:02:54

The part of the brain that uses hearing to determine sound location is reorganized in deaf animals to locate visual targets, according to a new study by a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Western Ontario in Canada. These findings propose a new theory for cross-modal plasticity: loss of one sensory modality is substituted by another while maintaining the original function of the brain region. It is known that persons who have suffered major...

2009-10-26 07:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- They are on the airwaves often. And every time they are, TV viewers' brains are silently but strongly protesting. Advertisers, beware the risks you run when audio visual synchrony is absent from your spots. So says NeuroFocus (www.NeuroFocus.com), the world's leading neuromarketing company and as such, experts in how consumers respond at the deep subconscious level of the mind to stimuli like advertising. Prompted by a spate of animated spots in...

2009-07-02 12:13:15

 Since the 1970s, there has been much debate surrounding the fact that individuals with autism have difficulty in understanding speech in situations where there is background speech or noise. Today, at the annual meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum (June 29th "“ July 2nd) being held at The City College of New York (CCNY), neuroscientists announced conclusive evidence to verify this fact. Speaking at the conference, Dr. John J. Foxe, Professor of...

2005-10-19 13:05:00

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tbingen, Germany have showed that the integration of auditory and touch information takes place in the 'hearing centre' of the brain "“ the auditory cortex "“ and thus at an earlier point than has traditionally been assumed (Neuron, October 20, 2005). Everyday, the brain accesses information from various sense organs simultaneously to create a...


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