Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Multisensory Perception

Cross-sensory brain plasticity or otherwise stated as cross-modal plasticity is the combination or integration of more than one sensory systems. This is likely to happen when one sense is already compromised. For example, the author mentions that “plasticity in both the visual and auditory brain areas support some enhanced perceptual skills in early-deaf individuals” (Rosenblum, 2010, p.243). In fact, deaf individuals are known to be faster and more accurate than those who do not have any problem with their hearing. In chapter ten, the author commonly and repetitively uses individuals who are deaf as the main topic when describing multisensory perception. The reason being is because they do not have the ability to hear danger coming. For instance, they have a need to visually watch everything around them including their peripheral surrounds. For those who can hear, peripheral surrounds are usually monitored by their hearing making it much easier to navigate through daily tasks. The video below puts our eyes and ears to the test, but most importantly opens your perspective to multisensory perception.

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