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Understanding the neural mechanisms of multisensory perception based on computational principles

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Project "DynaSens" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙909˙441 €
 EC max contribution 1˙909˙441 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-11-01   to  2020-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD DE (BIELEFELD) coordinator 1˙413˙958.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) participant 495˙482.00


 Project objective

The brain’s multisensory faculty provides considerable benefits for perception, as the adaptive weighting of multiple inputs increases perceptual reliability and flexibility. However, failure of this process results in an impoverished percept, and links to perceptual deficits that occur along our life span and in disorders such as Autism. While the brain efficiently handles multiple sensory inputs, we still have a limited understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms. To advance our knowledge of how the brain processes its environment I propose a pioneering agenda that departs from previous descriptive work by linking the underlying brain mechanisms with specific multisensory computations and perception.

Precisely, I propose a programme that combines computational models of multisensory interactions with high-density neuroimaging and perceptual tasks. This interdisciplinary research builds on my pioneering multisensory work but will provide a qualitatively new and principled understanding of the neural processes that implement the well-known perceptual benefits of multisensory information.

The proposed programme advances our knowledge by addressing the following timely questions: What are the neural processes transforming multiple sensory inputs to a unified representation guiding behaviour? How does the brain control the dynamic weighting of multiple inputs and assigns these to either a single or multiple causes? Which perceptual and neural processes are affected in the multisensory deficits seen in autistic individuals or the elderly?

This agenda, by its innovative methods and deliverables, will offer a principled and comprehensive understanding of how the brain handles and merges multiple sensory inputs, and provides a framework for addressing continuing and pressing problems associated with multisensory processing deficits seen in cognitive disorders and during our life span.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Yinan Cao, Christopher Summerfield, Hame Park, Bruno Giordano, Christoph Kayser
Causal inference in the multisensory brain
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/500413
BioRxiv - online 2019-05-30
2019 Hame Park, Christoph Kayser
Shared neural underpinnings of multisensory integration and trial-by-trial perceptual recalibration
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/566927
Biorxiv - online 2019-05-30
2017 Kayser, Christoph; Rao, Isa
Neurophysiological Correlates Of The Rubber Hand Illusion In Evoked And Oscillatory Brain Activity
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/136846
BioRXiv - Preprint 1 2019-05-30
2016 Hyojin Park, Christoph Kayser, Gregor Thut, Joachim Gross
Lip movements entrain the observers’ low-frequency brain oscillations to facilitate speech intelligibility
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.14521
eLife 5 2019-05-22
2016 Stephanie J. Kayser, Steven W. McNair, Christoph Kayser
Prestimulus influences on auditory perception from sensory representations and decision processes
published pages: 4842-4847, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1524087113
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113/17 2019-05-22
2017 Isa S. Rao, Christoph Kayser
Neurophysiological Correlates of the Rubber Hand Illusion in Late Evoked and Alpha/Beta Band Activity
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5161, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00377
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11 2019-05-07
2017 Stephanie C. Boyle, Stephanie J. Kayser, Christoph Kayser
Neural correlates of multisensory reliability and perceptual weights emerge at early latencies during audio-visual integration
published pages: , ISSN: 0953-816X, DOI: 10.1111/ejn.13724
European Journal of Neuroscience 2019-05-30
2018 Anne Keitel, Joachim Gross, Christoph Kayser
Perceptually relevant speech tracking in auditory and motor cortex reflects distinct linguistic features
published pages: e2004473, ISSN: 1545-7885, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2004473
PLOS Biology 16/3 2019-05-30
2017 Bruno L Giordano, Robin A A Ince, Joachim Gross, Philippe G Schyns, Stefano Panzeri, Christoph Kayser
Contributions of local speech encoding and functional connectivity to audio-visual speech perception
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.24763
eLife 6 2019-05-30
2017 Anne Keitel, Robin A. A. Ince, Joachim Gross, Christoph Kayser
Auditory cortical delta-entrainment interacts with oscillatory power in multiple fronto-parietal networks
published pages: 32-42, ISSN: 1053-8119, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.11.062
Neuroimage 147 2019-05-30
2017 Robin A.A. Ince, Bruno L. Giordano, Christoph Kayser, Guillaume A. Rousselet, Joachim Gross, Philippe G. Schyns
A statistical framework for neuroimaging data analysis based on mutual information estimated via a gaussian copula
published pages: 1541-1573, ISSN: 1065-9471, DOI: 10.1002/hbm.23471
Human Brain Mapping 38/3 2019-05-30
2017 Stephanie J Kayser, Marios G. Philiastides, Christoph Kayser
Sounds facilitate visual motion discrimination via the enhancement of late occipital visual representations
published pages: 31-41, ISSN: 1053-8119, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.01.010
Neuroimage 148 2019-05-30
2017 Isa S. Rao, Christoph Kayser
Neurophysiological Correlates of the Rubber Hand Illusion in Late Evoked and Alpha/Beta Band Activity
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5161, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00377
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11 2019-05-30

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