The relative contributions of multisensory integration and crossmodal exogenous spatial attention to multisensory response enhancement (New paper)


The localization of multisensory information is generally faster than that of unisensory information when the unimodal components of a multisensory stimulus are spatially and temporally aligned. Two processes that can cause multisensory response enhancement are multisensory integration and crossmodal exogenous spatial attention.

Procedural learning and memory rehabilitation in Korsakoff’s syndrome (New Review)

Korsakoff’s syndrome is a severe neuropsychiatric syndrome that affects memory and executive functions after chronic alcoholism and vitamine B1 deficiency. Erik, together with Stefan, Tanja Nijboer, Jan Wijnia and Albert Postma published a review on procedural learning and memory rehabilitation in the June issue of Neuropsychology Review.

New review on the pupil

Together with Sebastiaan Mathot, Stefan has published a review on the pupil in Current Directions in Psychological Science. In this review, they argue that the pupillary light response depends not only on a stimulus’ brightness, but also on whether you are aware of the stimulus, whether you are paying attention to it, and even whether you are thinking about it

New paper by Rudmer Menger

Rudmer, together with Chris Dijkerman and Stefan, has a new flashy publication in Psychological Bulletin & Review. We investigated the relation between obstacle avoidance and simple spatial cues. We found that the tuning of avoidance responses can be influenced by spatial cues. Moreover, the results indicate that this tuning occurs only on the -already stronger- avoidance response to a right-side obstacle (see graph).

New paper by Nathan van der Stoep

Nathan has a new publication in a special issue on multisensory processing in Experimental Brain Research. We showed that audiovisual integration is enhanced for information that is presented far from the observer as compared to audiovisual information that is presented close by. Changes in distance and in stimulus effectiveness both contributed to the increase in integration in far space.

New paper by Teuni Ten Brink

Teuni Ten Brink investigated the organization of target cancellation in a shape cancellation task. She showed that stroke patients with neglect searched less organized than patients without neglect.

Ten Brink, T., Van der Stigchel, S., Visser-Meily, A., & Nijboer, T.C.W. (in press). You never know where you are going until you know where you have been: disorganized search after stroke. Journal of Neuropsychology.

New paper by Surya Gayet

Surya Gayet has a new publication in Journal of Vision. Using binocular rivalry, he shows that task relevant information receives priority in the competition for visual awareness.

Gayet, S., Brascamp, J.W., Van der Stigchel, S., & Paffen, C.L.E. (in press). Cogito ergo video: Task relevant information is involuntarily boosted into awareness. Journal of Vision.