Sensory substitution devices convert stimuli that are normally accessed through one sensory modality (e.g., vision) into stimuli accessible through another sensory modality (e.g., touch or audition). These devices have broad applications such as sensory rehabilitation and
Protestant theology and culture are known for a reserved, at times skeptical, attitude to the use of art and aesthetic forms of expression in a religious context. In
Transcendence and Sensoriness, this attitude is analysed and discussed both theoretically and through case studies considered in a broad theological and philosophical framework of religious aesthetics. Nordic scholars of theology, philosophy, art, music, and architecture, discuss questions of transcendence, the human senses, and the arts in order to challenge established perspectives within the aesthetics of religion and theology.
The multisensory integration capabilities of superior colliculus (SC) neurons are normally acquired during early postnatal life and adapted to the environment in which they will be used. Recent evidence shows that they can even be acquired in adulthood, and require neither consciousness nor any of the reinforcement contingencies generally associated with learning. This process is believed to be based on Hebbian mechanisms, whereby the temporal coupling of multiple sensory inputs initiates development of a means of integrating their information. This predicts that co-activation of those input channels is sufficient to induce multisensory integration capabilities regardless of the specific spatiotemporal properties of the initiating stimuli. However, one might expect that the stimuli to be integrated should be consonant with the functional role of the neurons involved. For the SC, this would involve stimuli that can be localized. Experience with a non-localizable cue in one modality (e.g., ambient sound) and a discrete stimulus in another (e.g., a light flash) should not be sufficient for this purpose. Indeed, experiments with cats reared in omnidirectional sound (effectively masking discrete auditory events) reveal that the simple co-activation of two sensory input channels is not sufficient for this purpose. The data suggest that experience with the kinds of cross-modal events that facilitate the role of the SC in detecting, locating, and orienting to localized external events is a guiding factor in this maturational process. Supported by NIH grants NS 036916 and EY016716.
Presently, we aim to unravel the nature and mechanisms responsible for the ability to organize sensory perceptions and motor routines, in order to open a window onto the organization of the somatosensory-motor loop. We will focus on somatosensory input and how this is processed
significantly co-occur and if so, whether this is related to the emergence of prodigious talent. ASC are characterised by difficulties in social communication alongside unusually narrow interests, repetitive behaviour, and a strong need for routines, as well as sensory hyper-sensitivity (American Psychiatric
in recent years. Alternative management approaches are not sufficient and hence there is an urgent need to design novel management strategies. The nematode sensory nervous system is an attractive target for the control of plant-parasitic nematodes as it is essential to perceive the host signals that
Prim. Sensory Neuron , Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 77 – 94 (1997) Ó VSP 1997. Acetylsalicylic acid reduces pH-induced excitation of rat cutaneous nociceptors in vitro DIMITRIOS STEFANIDIS, 1 PETER W. REEH 2 and KAY H. STEEN 1 , ∗ 1 Universita¨ ts-Hautklinik und Poliklinik der Universita¨ t Bonn
; Marks, 2006 ). As such, one might have expected to see a growing number of tactile-to-visual sensory substitution (TVSS) systems in use by those who are blind, or else suffer from low vision (see Note 1). However, as it turns out, there is actually little evidence to suggest that the use of such
Seeing and Perceiving 24 (2011) 173–200 brill.nl/sp Review Simulated Viewpoint Jitter Shakes Sensory Conflict Accounts of Vection ∗ Stephen Palmisano 1 , ∗∗ , Robert S. Allison 2 , Juno Kim 1 and Frederick Bonato 3 1 School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, 2522 NSW, Australia 2 Centre