Projects/Objectives

Our project has the following key objectives, aiming at achieving critical advances beyond the state-of-the-art:

to test the role of dynamic crossmodal binding in multisensory processing;

to address multisensory binding for rarely studied modalities such as pain and olfaction;

to test the role of active sensorimotor exploration for multisensory experience;

to study the role of top-down processes such as attention, working memory or semantic information;

to address pathophysiological implications in humans with alterations of crossmodal interaction, focussing on congenitally blind subjects and synesthetes;

to manipulate crossmodal interactions by application of multi-site TMS and tACS;

to investigate dynamic crossmodal interactions in subjects undergoing training with an innovative sensory substitution device;

to derive computational models of crossmodal integration to account for the empirical findings;

and to explore the potential of our approach for enhancing human performance in application scenarios that exploit multisensory experience.