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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness$
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David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027786

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.001.0001

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Intermodal Binding Awareness

Intermodal Binding Awareness

Chapter:
(p.73) 4 Intermodal Binding Awareness
Source:
Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness
Author(s):

Casey O’Callaghan

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.003.0004

Casey O’Callaghan’s chapter concerns a core variety of multisensory perceptual experience and argues that there is perceptually apparent intermodal feature binding. Just as one thing may perceptually appear at once to jointly bear several features associated with the same sense modality, one thing also may perceptually appear at once to jointly bear features associated with different sense modalities. The main lessons are that perceiving is not just co-consciously seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling at the same time, and that perceptual phenomenal character is not on each occasion exhausted by that which is distinctive to or associated with each respective modality, along with that which accrues thanks to simple co-consciousness. Therefore, not all ways of perceiving are modality specific.

Keywords:   Multisensory, Binding, Awareness, Unity, Modality-specific, Perceptual objects

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