The Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes

Micah M. Murray, Mark T. Wallace

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August 25, 2011 by CRC Press
Monograph - 809 Pages - 20 Color & 157 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439812174 - CAT# K10614
Series: Frontiers in Neuroscience

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Features

    • Contains the contributions of experts at the top of their field
    • Provides an introduction to newcomers and an overview for practitioners
    • Takes a multidisciplinary approach to appeal to a diverse scientific audience
    • Moves from basic science to applications

     

    Summary

    It has become accepted in the neuroscience community that perception and performance are quintessentially multisensory by nature. Using the full palette of modern brain imaging and neuroscience methods, The Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes details current understanding in the neural bases for these phenomena as studied across species, stages of development, and clinical statuses.

    Organized thematically into nine sub-sections, the book is a collection of contributions by leading scientists in the field. Chapters build generally from basic to applied, allowing readers to ascertain how fundamental science informs the clinical and applied sciences.

    Topics discussed include:

    • Anatomy, essential for understanding the neural substrates of multisensory processing
    • Neurophysiological bases and how multisensory stimuli can dramatically change the encoding processes for sensory information
    • Combinatorial principles and modeling, focusing on efforts to gain a better mechanistic handle on multisensory operations and their network dynamics
    • Development and plasticity
    • Clinical manifestations and how perception and action are affected by altered sensory experience
    • Attention and spatial representations

    The last sections of the book focus on naturalistic multisensory processes in three separate contexts: motion signals, multisensory contributions to the perception and generation of communication signals, and how the perception of flavor is generated. The text provides a solid introduction for newcomers and a strong overview of the current state of the field for experts.