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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2012 Apr 5;367(1591):954-64. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0365.

Multistability, cross-modal binding and the additivity of conjoined grouping principles.

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Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA. kubovy@virginia.edu

Abstract

We present a sceptical view of multimodal multistability--drawing most of our examples from the relation between audition and vision. We begin by summarizing some of the principal ways in which audio-visual binding takes place. We review the evidence that unambiguous stimulation in one modality may affect the perception of a multistable stimulus in another modality. Cross-modal influences of one multistable stimulus on the multistability of another are different: they have occurred only in speech perception. We then argue that the strongest relation between perceptual organization in vision and perceptual organization in audition is likely to be by way of analogous Gestalt laws. We conclude with some general observations about multimodality.

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22371617
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PMC3282311
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10.1098/rstb.2011.0365
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