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Multisensory Interactions during Motion Perception: From Basic Principles to Media Applications.


In: Murray MM, Wallace MT, editors.


The Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2012. Chapter 29.
Frontiers in Neuroscience.


Hearing the blare of an ambulance siren often impels us to trace the location of the emergency vehicle with our gaze so we can quickly decide which way to pull the car over. In doing so, we must combine motion information from the somehow imprecise but omnidirectional auditory system with the far more precise, albeit spatially bounded, visual system. This type of multisensory interplay, so pervasive in everyday life perception of moving objects, has been largely ignored in the scientific study of motion perception until recently. Here, we provide an overview of recent research about behavioral and neural mechanisms that support the binding of different sensory modalities during the perception of motion, and discuss some potential extensions of this research into the applied context of audiovisual media.

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