The multifaceted interplay between attention and multisensory integration

TitleThe multifaceted interplay between attention and multisensory integration
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsTalsma D, Senkowski D, Soto-Faraco S, Woldorff MG
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume14
Issue9
Pagination400-410
Date Published09/2010
ISSN1879-307X
Abstract

Multisensory integration has often been characterized as an automatic process. Recent findings indicate that multisensory integration can occur across various stages of stimulus processing that are linked to, and can be modulated by, attention. Stimulus-driven, bottom-up mechanisms induced by crossmodal interactions can automatically capture attention towards multisensory events, particularly when competition to focus elsewhere is relatively low. Conversely, top-down attention can facilitate the integration of multisensory inputs and lead to a spread of attention across sensory modalities. These findings point to a more intimate and multifaceted interplay between attention and multisensory integration than was previously thought. We review developments in the current understanding of the interactions between attention and multisensory processing, and propose a framework that unifies previous, apparently discordant, findings.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2010.06.008
DOI10.1016/j.tics.2010.06.008