Saturday, January 5, 2013
Common Sensory Decoding Areas
Did you know that there may be some common sensory decoding areas in the brain for perceiving multisensory data? Studies by David A. Bulkin and Jennifer M. Groh of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Neurobiology, Duke University, have been published in the journal Neurobiology. Results of their studies showed that objects and events can often be detected by more than one sensory system. No surprise, interactions between sensory systems can offer numerous benefits for the accuracy and completeness of sensory perception. Visual–auditory interactions have highlighted the perceptual advantages of combining information from these two modalities and have suggested that predominantly unimodal brain regions play a role in multisensory processing. Whenever you have the option, tap into the phenomenon of recruitment and combine input from visual and auditory sensory systems.