Constructing perceptual objects: binding within and across the senses
Sensory information is processed in a distributed way, not just across the senses but also within the same sense (e.g. vision). Yet our conscious experience seems to present itself as of unified perceptual objects: our perception seems to be of red apples, singing birds or our own bodies, not of scattered colours, shapes, sounds, and tactile sensations. How this unification is achieved, and what makes binding accurate, has been a long standing problem for cognitive neuroscientists and philosophers alike. How are attention and consciousness involved in this binding, and how should we think of cases of mis-binding? Leaving these ‘how’ questions aside, several voices have started to suggest that the so-called ‘binding problem’ has been misarticulated or misleading. Others have pointed at crucial differences between unisensory cases and multisensory cases. The present conference is meant to shed a new light on these latest debates.
Speakers include: Pascal Mamassian (Paris), Liad Mudrik (California & Tel Aviv), Roger Newport (Nottingham), and Charles Spence (Oxford).
This international conference marks the end of the first phase of the project.
Please note that this conference takes place in the Council Room, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.