This is a one-day closed workshop organised by project members at the University of Warwick to continue discussions begun at the ‘Spatial interactions across vision, audition, and touch: searching for a taxonomy’ workshop held on 30 May 2014.
This second, follow-up workshop will take the form of a day of roundtable discussions involving all participants. The aim is to make progress in answering the questions raised at the previous workshop and to provide a catalogue of spatial interactions and the mechanisms responsible for them through focused interdisciplinary discussion.
The initial workshop on spatial interactions was motivated by the diverse nature of the crossmodal interactions involving spatial properties that occur between vision, touch and audition. The aim was to investigate the mechanisms responsible for the integration of spatial information involving different modalities, what the function of different kinds of spatial interactions might be, and how the way in which spatial information is encoded in each modality impacts on the kinds of spatial interactions that can take place.
Following presentations on multisensory interactions across differences in depth, the spatial rule for multisensory integration, the contribution of the vestibular system to vision and motion perception, and the mapping of bodily locations into visual space, one of the main questions that came out of the roundtable discussion was that of what makes a spatial representation spatial. Other questions that were raised concern whether there are modality-specific spaces and what these might be like, whether we have a unified experience of space across the senses, and what makes a representation of a region of space perceptual. This workshop is structured around those issues.