Crossmodal Correspondences: Four Challenges

In: Multisensory Research
Ophelia Deroy 1Centre for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU London, UK

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Charles Spence 2Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, UK

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The renewed interest that has emerged around the topic of crossmodal correspondences in recent years has demonstrated that crossmodal matchings and mappings exist between the majority of sensory dimensions, and across all combinations of sensory modalities. This renewed interest also offers a rapidly-growing list of ways in which correspondences affect — or interact with — metaphorical understanding, feelings of ‘knowing’, behavioral tasks, learning, mental imagery, and perceptual experiences. Here we highlight why, more generally, crossmodal correspondences matter to theories of multisensory interactions.

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