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
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 now on Coursera's "on demand" platform (posted May 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. Also Ideas Roadshow and CBC radio's IDEAS .
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.