Timing and the senses in complex events

Speaker: Argiro Vatakis
Date: Thursday 8 May 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Senate House, Senate House, WC1E 7HU
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Room 246

Timing and sensory  processing are tightly intertwined both in terms of the integration of perceptually unified events and in terms of perceptual distortions in interval timing. In the first part of the talk, we will focus on multisensory temporal integration of audiovisual speech and non-speech events. Specifically, we will review the research conducted on uncovering the factors that modulate the temporal window of integration of ecologically-valid audiovisual events. The data that will be presented will be both from classical behavioral experiments (e.g., temporal order judgments, simultaneity judgments) and from embodied responses to synchronous and asynchronous stimulation (e.g., responding by acting). In the second part of the talk, we will explore multisensory interval timing. Particularly, we will review how speed, spatial displacement, stimulus presentation, and type of movement distort duration perception of dance and non-dance stimuli in professional dancers and non-dancers. Ultimately, the aim is to bring together the research and theories proposed in multisensory synchrony and duration perception, two areas of research that have been mainly been investigated separately.