How do our senses work together? Our eyes and ears cooperate to help us understand our environment. We frequently perceive visual and auditory stimuli as being bound together if they seem likely to have arisen from a common source. That's why we tend not to notice that the speakers on TV sets or in movie theatres are located beside, and not behind, the screen. Research in my laboratory is devoted to investigating the question of how the brain coordinates the information arising from the ears and eyes. Our findings challenge the historical view of the brain's sensory processing as being automatic, autonomous, and immune from outside influence.
THE BRAIN AND SPACE
I believe space is so important to brain function that I've written a whole book about it! Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are, Harvard University Press, November 2014. For a general audience, including interested students. Supported by a Guggenheim fellowship. See Table of Contents and Index. Reviews in Nature and the New Scientist. Also Amazon.
You can also take my free online course The Brain and Space on Coursera. Open for browsing now and for enrollment soon on Coursera's "on demand" platform (posted March 2016).
I was on BBC World Service: The Forum on October 18, 2014: Natural Navigation. Audio here. And on WUNC (NPR) "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio on Dec 5, 2014. Audio here. I will be on Ideas Roadshow and CBC radio's IDEAS in 2015 (update: will post links soon).
What timing! Maybe the Nobel committee took my online course. Video of lecture explaining the work honored by the 2014 Medicine Nobel can be seen here.
Ventriloquism and the Brain on CBC's Quirks and Quarks. More here. Article in Telegraph.
Another ventriloquism study. Article in Raleigh News and Observer. Interview on. WPTF radio.
And our study showing that the superior colliculus uses a map for visual stimuli and a meter for sounds - and this is even true for the motor-related activity. Coverage here and here.
LAB MANAGER POSITION AVAILABLE
Neuroscience laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Neurobiology, and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University seeks a lab technician/lab manager. Our research involves visual, auditory, and multisensory processing in the brain using neurophysiological techniques. We seek a dedicated individual who is interested in gaining experience in scientific research (ideally, for a 2+ year commitment). Job duties include animal care involving macaques (handling, training, overseeing health status), administrative responsibilities (ordering supplies, overseeing compliance with IACUC regulations, facilitating the day-to-day needs of the research group), and conducting experiments concerning the neural basis of spatial processing and its connection to cognition. The ideal candidate will have completed a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, psychology or a related field and will have experience working with a mammalian species. Experience or coursework in quantitative subjects such as computer science or statistics is a plus.
For more information, send resume, cover letter, and a list of references to Dr. Jennifer Groh (email@example.com, www.duke.edu/~jmgroh) as soon as possible. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. (Posted March 23, 2016).