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Multimodal Interactions: Neural Basis

Our sensory world is made up of stimuli in the form of various types of environmental energy. To deal with the vast array of information we are continually bombarded with, specialized sensory systems have evolved, each of which is tuned to a different form of energy (e.g., light, chemical, mechanical). Although each of our sensory systems provides us with a unique perspective on the world, it is only through the synthesis of information between the different senses that we can ultimately form a coherent perceptual unity. Various examples serve to illustrate both the ubiquitous nature of such multisensory interactions as well as the compelling way in which they shape our behaviors and perceptions. Thus, the ventriloquist's act highlights the ability of visual cues (i.e., movements ...

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