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Trends Cogn Sci. 2004 Apr;8(4):162-9.

Merging the senses into a robust percept.

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Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen, Germany. marc.ernst@tuebingen.mpg.de <marc.ernst@tuebingen.mpg.de>

Abstract

To perceive the external environment our brain uses multiple sources of sensory information derived from several different modalities, including vision, touch and audition. All these different sources of information have to be efficiently merged to form a coherent and robust percept. Here we highlight some of the mechanisms that underlie this merging of the senses in the brain. We show that, depending on the type of information, different combination and integration strategies are used and that prior knowledge is often required for interpreting the sensory signals.

PMID:
15050512
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2004.02.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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