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Merging the Senses into a Robust Percept

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Ernst,  MO
Research Group Multisensory Perception and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Bülthoff,  HH
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Ernst, M., & Bülthoff, H. (2004). Merging the Senses into a Robust Percept. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(4), 162-169. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2004.02.002.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-D97B-8
Abstract
For perceiving the environment our brain uses multiple sources of sensory information derived from several different modalities, including vision, touch and audition. All these different sources of information have to be efficiently merged to form a coherent and robust percept. Here we highlight some of the mechanisms underlying this merging of the senses in the brain. We show that depending on the type of information different combination and integration strategies are used and that prior knowledge is often required for interpreting the sensory signals.