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Sensory Cue Integration$
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Julia Trommershäuser, Konrad Kording, and Michael S. Landy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.001.0001

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Self-Motion Perception: Multisensory Integration in Extrastriate Visual Cortex

Self-Motion Perception: Multisensory Integration in Extrastriate Visual Cortex

(p.295) CHAPTER 16 Self-Motion Perception: Multisensory Integration in Extrastriate Visual Cortex
Sensory Cue Integration

Christopher R. Fetsch

Yong Gu

Gregory C. DeAngelis

Dora E. Angelaki

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The accurate perception of self-motion is essential for spatial orientation, navigation, and motor planning. Estimating our instantaneous direction of translation, or heading, is a particularly relevant multisensory problem because it requires cross-modal integration even under ordinary conditions. This chapter discusses how heading perception is a useful model for studying the neural basis of multisensory integration for two main reasons. First, there are well-defined brain structures that receive both visual and vestibular signals related to self-motion (e.g., macaque areas MSTd and VIP). Second, the problem is amenable to study using a standard “fine” psychophysical discrimination task, for which there are already well-established behavioral and neurophysiological analysis methods.

Keywords:   spatial orientation, navigation, motor planning, heading perception, multisensory integration

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