Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780262027786

Publisher: The MIT Press


In this volume, cognitive scientists and philosophers examine two closely related aspects of mind and mental functioning: the relationships among the various senses and the links that connect different conscious experiences to form unified wholes. Contributors address a range of questions concerning how information from one sense influences the processing of information from the other senses and how unified states of consciousness emerge from the bonds that tie conscious experiences together. Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness is the first book to address both of these topics, integrating scientific and philosophical concerns. Much recent work in both philosophy and perception science has challenged traditional conceptions of the sensory systems as operating in isolation. Contributors consider the ways in which perceptual contact with the world is or may be “multisensory,” discussing such subjects as the modeling of multisensory integration and philosophical aspects of sensory modalities. Recent years have seen a similar surge of interest in unity of consciousness. Contributors explore a range of questions on this topic, including the nature of that unity, the degree to which conscious experiences are unified, and the relationship between unified consciousness and the self. Contributors: Tim Bayne, David J. Bennett, Berit Brogaard, Barry Dainton, Ophelia Deroy, Frederique de Vignemont, Marc Ernst, Richard Held, Christopher S. Hill, Geoffrey Lee, Kristan Marlow, Farid Masrour, Jennifer Matey, Casey O'Callaghan, Cesare V. Parise, Kevin Rice, Elizabeth Schechter, Pawan Sinha, Julia Trommershaeuser, Loes C. J. van Dam, Jonathan Vogel, James Van Cleve, Robert Van Gulick, Jonas Wulff

Table of Contents

I Mainly on Sensory Integration

1 Bayesian Modeling of Perceiving

David J. Bennett, Julia Trommershäuser and Loes C. J. van Dam

3 The Long-Term Potentiation Model for Grapheme-Color Binding in Synesthesia

Berit Brogaard, Kristian Marlow, and Kevin Rice1

4 Intermodal Binding Awareness

Casey O’Callaghan

6 Multimodal Unity and Multimodal Binding

Frédérique de Vignemont

7 Can Blue Mean Four?

Jennifer Matey

8 Establishing Cross-Modal Mappings

Pawan Sinha, Jonas Wulff, and Richard Held

10 Modeling Multisensory Integration

Loes C. J. van Dam, Cesare V. Parise, and Marc O. Ernst

II Primarily on the Unity of Consciousness

11 A Unity Pluralist Account of the Unity of Experience

David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

15 Partial Unity of Consciousness

Elizabeth Schechter

16 E pluribus unum

Robert Van Gulick

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