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Cross-modal interaction between vision and touch: the role of synesthetic correspondence.

Authors
  • Martino, G
  • Marks, L E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perception
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
29
Issue
6
Pages
745–754
Identifiers
PMID: 11040956
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

At each moment, we experience a melange of information arriving at several senses, and often we focus on inputs from one modality and 'reject' inputs from another. Does input from a rejected sensory modality modulate one's ability to make decisions about information from a selected one? When the modalities are vision and hearing, the answer is "yes", suggesting that vision and hearing interact. In the present study, we asked whether similar interactions characterize vision and touch. As with vision and hearing, results obtained in a selective attention task show cross-modal interactions between vision and touch that depend on the synesthetic relationship between the stimulus combinations. These results imply that similar mechanisms may govern cross-modal interactions across sensory modalities.

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