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Crossmodal Space and Crossmodal Attention

Charles Spence and Jon Driver


Many organisms possess multiple sensory systems, such as vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. The possession of such multiple ways of sensing the world offers many benefits. These benefits arise not only because each modality can sense different aspects of the environment, but also because different senses can respond jointly to the same external object or event, thus enriching the overall experience – for example, looking at an individual while listening to them speak. However, combining information from different senses also poses many challenges for the nervous system. In recent years ... More

Keywords: sensory systems, nervous system, external space, spatial attention, neurophysiology, experimental psychology, brain damage, neuroimaging, computational modelling, cognitive neuroscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198524861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Spence, editor
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

Jon Driver, editor
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

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