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Available online at www.sciencedirect.com Multisensory integration: resolving sensory ambiguities to build
 

Summary: Available online at www.sciencedirect.com
Multisensory integration: resolving sensory ambiguities to build
novel representations
Andrea M Green1
and Dora E Angelaki2
Multisensory integration plays several important roles in the
nervous system. One is to combine information from multiple
complementary cues to improve stimulus detection and
discrimination. Another is to resolve peripheral sensory
ambiguities and create novel internal representations that do
not exist at the level of individual sensors. Here we focus on
how ambiguities inherent in vestibular, proprioceptive and
visual signals are resolved to create behaviorally useful internal
estimates of our self-motion. We review recent studies that
have shed new light on the nature of these estimates and how
multiple, but individually ambiguous, sensory signals are
processed and combined to compute them. We emphasize the
need to combine experiments with theoretical insights to
understand the transformations that are being performed.
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Source: Angelaki, Dora - Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University in St. Louis

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine