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Perception in a dynamic multisensory world

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, January 06, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The aim of this project is to unravel the computations and neural mechanisms that enable us to perceive, understand and interact effectively with the dynamic multisensory world around us. All of our senses are constantly bombarded with a myriad of diverse signals. The effortless ease with which we merge these signals into a seamless percept masks the complexity of the computations and neural mechanisms involved.
Current Research questions:
• Where and how are different types of sensory features combined at multiple levels of the cortical hierarchy?
• How does the brain solve the binding problem? How does it decide whether two sensory signals come from a common source and are bound into a coherent percept?
• Is information integration automatic or dependent on attention, awareness and vigilance? Can we integrate information during sleep and in the absence of awareness?
• Which factors determine inter-trial and inter-subject variability in multisensory perception? How does musical expertise influence multisensory perception?
• How does multisensory integration dynamically adapt to the statistical structure of our dynamic environment at multiple timescales ranging from seconds to years?
• How does ageing affect information integration and segregation? Can multisensory integration help to compensate for age-related changes?

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.80

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