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Exp Brain Res. 2007 Oct;182(4):559-65. Epub 2007 Jun 28.

No effect of auditory-visual spatial disparity on temporal recalibration.

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Department of Psychology, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Abstract

It is known that the brain adaptively recalibrates itself to small (approximately 100 ms) auditory-visual (AV) temporal asynchronies so as to maintain intersensory temporal coherence. Here we explored whether spatial disparity between a sound and light affects AV temporal recalibration. Participants were exposed to a train of asynchronous AV stimulus pairs (sound-first or light-first) with sounds and lights emanating from either the same or a different location. Following a short exposure phase, participants were tested on an AV temporal order judgement (TOJ) task. Temporal recalibration manifested itself as a shift of subjective simultaneity in the direction of the adapted audiovisual lag. The shift was equally big when exposure and test stimuli were presented from the same or different locations. These results provide strong evidence for the idea that spatial co-localisation is not a necessary constraint for intersensory pairing to occur.

PMID:
17598092
PMCID:
PMC2190788
DOI:
10.1007/s00221-007-1012-2
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