Visual influences on tactile motion aftereffect

Summary

Human perception of the world is based on input from multiple senses. This project investigates how touch and vision combine to yield perception of object motion.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Tatjana Seizova-Cajic

Research Location

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Traditional approach to perception examined different senses - audition, vision, touch - largely in isolation from one another. Senses, however, often transmit information about the same object or event and our percept is rarely only visual, or auditory, or tactile, but based on all available information. Brain areas traditionally thought to be dedicated to only one sense seem to be responsive to other sensory inputs as well. The ‘visual' cortex, for example, also responds to tactile input.

To what degree different, unimodal sensory inputs are kept separate at each stage of processing, and at what stage(s) they combine, has not yet been fully described. The proposed project addresses this question by examining the interaction between tactile and visual percepts of moving objects.

Additional Information

• Researchers in this field have various backgrounds, from psychology to physiology, medicine, engineering, computer science, and other, and your own background does not have to be any one particular discipline. However, it is expected that you have studied science and that you understand basic principles of experimental research. Having studied perception and/or neuroscience would be an advantage
• Current PhD topic being undertaken in the laboratory concerns perception of speed of tactile motion
• Financial support: Part-time research related work or one-year scholarship may be available
• Applications from candidates interested in pursuing other research topics within the general area of the proposed topic will be considered

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Keywords

adaptation, after-effects, cutaneous, hand, intersensory integration, motion, multisensory integration, perception, psychology, psychophysics, sensory processing, skin, somatosensory, tactile illusion, tactile perception, touch, The senses, Vision, visual

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1280

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