Sensory Integration

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What is Sensory Integration?

Every day, we experience countless events and situations in the world around us. In order to perceive and process these events, we are equipped with a sensory perception system composed of what are commonly called the five senses: touch, taste, smell, vision, and hearing. At the earliest stages of perception, these senses are distinct, handled by separate perceptual systems; we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, smell with our noses, and so on. However, at some stage in perception, we must integrate sensory input from these separate modalities in order to form a coherent conception of the event at hand; hence, 'sensory integration'.

What is the question?

The primary question at hand is: how are different sensory inputs within and across modalities bound into a single representation in the brain and in the mind? Like all other aspects of cognition, sensory integration must be studied by cognitive scientists in order to understand the complex mechanisms by which the human brain/mind interacts with the world around it.


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