This is the first book on the topic of spatial representation and crossmodal attention, providing a unique source of reference for this important topic in cognitive neuroscience The book is exceptionally broad in scope, offering perspectives from specialists in cognitive psychology, computational modelling, single cell neurophysiology, and neuroimaging, helping to bring together the scattered and diverse literature in this area.
Includes chapters from an international collection of authorities in this field, fully integrated and cross-referenced, to provide a coherent up-to-date overview of the field.
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 there has been dramatic progress in understanding how information from different sensory modalities gets integrated in order to construct useful representations of external space; and in how such multimodal representations constrain spatial attention. Such progress has involved numerous different disciplines, including neurophysiology, experimental psychology, neurological work with brain-damaged patients, neuroimaging studies, and computational modelling.
This volume brings together the leading researchers from all these approaches, to present the first integrative overview of this central topic in cognitive neuroscience.
Readership: Cognitive neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists; Neuroscientists; Philosophers of mind
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'Schrödinger's wave-mechanics is not a physical theory but a dodge - and a very good dodge too.' Arthur Eddington 'I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.' Albert Einstein 'Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.' Rosalind Franklin 'I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.' Galileo Galilei 'I try to identify myself with the atoms...I ask what I would do if I were a carbon atom or a sodium atom.' Linus Pauling Readership: Scientists plus anyone interested in history and philosophy of science or history of ideas.