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  Combining Sensory Information: Mandatory Fusion Within, but Not Between, Senses

Hillis, J., Ernst, M., Banks, M., & Landy, M. (2002). Combining Sensory Information: Mandatory Fusion Within, but Not Between, Senses. Science, 298(5598), 1627-1630. doi:10.1126/science.1075396.

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Hillis, JM, Author
Ernst, MO1, 2, Author              
Banks, MS, Author              
Landy, MS, Author
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1Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497794              
2Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497797              

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 Abstract: Humans use multiple sources of sensory information to estimate environmental properties. For example, the eyes and hands both provide relevant information about an object’s shape. The eyes pick up shape information from the object’s projected outline, its disparity gradient, texture gradient, shading, and more. The hands supply tactile and haptic shape information (respectively, static and active cues). When multiple cues are available, it would be sensible to combine them in a way that yields a more accurate estimate of the object property in question than any single-cue estimate would. By combining information from multiple sources, the nervous system might lose access to single-cue information. Here we report that single-cue information is indeed lost when cues from within the same sensory modality (disparity and texture gradients in vision) are combined, but not when cues from different modalities (vision and haptics) are combined. When one considers the nature of within- and inter-modal information, th is difference is perfectly reasonable.

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 Dates: 2002-11
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1126/science.1075396
BibTex Citekey: 1631
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Publ. Info: Washington, D.C. : American Association for the Advancement of Science
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 298 (5598) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1627 - 1630 Identifier: ISSN: 0036-8075
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/991042748276600_1