Category Archives: People

“No sense does anything independently and listing 33 of them may be counterproductive” – Laurence Harris

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently? Why? Dokka K, Kenyon R V., Keshner E A., Kording KP. 2010. Self versus environment motion in postural control. PLoS Computational Biology, 6. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000680. This paper applies sophisticated multisensory analysis techniques to address a fundamental problem: namely, how one can tell the difference between sensory information generated by our own movement […]

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“As a kid, I was fascinated by the display on visual illusions” – Vincent Hayward

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently (please provide a full reference)? Why? May sound silly but I got a kick of Adrian, E. D. (1931). Croonian lecture: the messages in sensory nerve fibres and their interpretation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Containing Papers of a Biological Character, 1-18.   What’s your preferred sensory […]

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“Perception is an active process. Art is about communication, not representation” – Chris Frith

What’s your preferred sensory modality? And why? I think I prefer combinations of modalities. Warm sun, blue sky, light breeze, the smell of spring.   How did you begin to be interested in perception? Learning about hallucinations while working in a mental asylum in the 1960s (and reading Aldous Huxley).   Among your recent papers which is your favorite and why? […]

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“What we hear and how we listen can influence our other senses” – Merle Fairhurst

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently? Why? Cecere et al. (2015, Current Biology) test and put forward an interesting and rather neat proposal that individual differences in alpha band oscillations modulate the temporal integration window. Testing the well-established two-flash illusion and combining EEG and tACS, the group show a positive correlation between the size of the […]

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“Vision might be special” – Ophelia Deroy (London)

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently? Why? I have been very interested by Fryer et al. (2014)’s recent study on speech symbolism where they used a tactile version of the famous ‘maluma-takete’ experiment proposed by Kohler in the late 1920’s. Kohler, and many researchers after him, established that certain speech sounds bias us toward certain visual […]

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“I got interested in perception by accident!” – Yasmina Jraissati

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently? Why? I was stimulated by Levinson and Majid’s “Differential ineffability and the senses”. They ask whether smell and other sensory modalities like vision are differentially ineffable for structural or language/cultural relative reasons. It also offers interesting ideas as to how to account for cross-modal associations using dimensions of perceptual space. […]

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