Sensory Cue Integration

Julia Trommershäuser, Konrad P. Körding, Michael Landy

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Abstract

This book provides an introduction into both computational models and experimental paradigms that are concerned with sensory cue integration both within and between sensory modalities. Importantly, across behavioral, electrophysiological, and theoretical approaches, Bayesian statistics is emerging as a common language in which cue-combination problems can be expressed. This book focuses on the emerging probabilistic way of thinking about these problems. These approaches derive from the realization that all our sensors are noisy and moreover are often affected by ambiguity. For example, mechanoreceptor outputs are variable and they cannot distinguish if a perceived force is caused by the weight of an object or by force we are producing ourselves. The computational approaches described in this book aim at formalizing the uncertainty of cues. They describe cue combination as the nervous system's attempt to minimize uncertainty in its estimates and to choose successful actions. Some computational approaches described in the chapters of this book are concerned with the application of such statistical ideas to real-world cue-combination problems, such as shape and depth perception. Other parts of the book ask how uncertainty may be represented in the nervous system and used for cue combination. The broadening scope of probabilistic approaches to cue combination is highlighted in the breadth of topics covered: the chapters summarize and discuss computational approaches and behavioral evidence aimed at understanding the combination of visual, auditory, proprioceptive, and haptic cues. Some chapters address the combination of cues within a single sensory modality while others address the combination across sensory modalities. Neural implementation, behavior, and theory are considered. The unifying aspect of this book is the focus on the uncertainty intrinsic to sensory cues and the underlying question of how the nervous system deals with this uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages464
ISBN (Print)9780199918379, 9780195387247
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012

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Cues
Uncertainty
Nervous System
Depth Perception
Mechanoreceptors
Bayes Theorem
Theoretical Models
Language
Weights and Measures

Keywords

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Computational models
  • Cue combination
  • Experimental paradigms
  • Neural implementation
  • Sensory cue integrations
  • Sensory modalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Trommershäuser, J., Körding, K. P., & Landy, M. (2012). Sensory Cue Integration. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.001.0001

Sensory Cue Integration. / Trommershäuser, Julia; Körding, Konrad P.; Landy, Michael.

Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Trommershäuser, J, Körding, KP & Landy, M 2012, Sensory Cue Integration. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.001.0001
Trommershäuser J, Körding KP, Landy M. Sensory Cue Integration. Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 p. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387247.001.0001
Trommershäuser, Julia ; Körding, Konrad P. ; Landy, Michael. / Sensory Cue Integration. Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 p.
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