Close to my body: Multisensory perspectives on peripersonal space

May 14, 2013 - May 15, 2013
Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

United Kingdom

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Perceptual experience is shaped by sensory perspective: first and foremost, we sense what immediately surrounds us. Sensory interactions are most dense in the processing of nearby events. These interactions have recently been found to occur in multiple combinations of modalities (visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive) in delimited regions centred upon parts of the body. Moreover, certain sensory interactions can affect how we identify ourselves, and shape our experience of our location and perspective.

This workshop aims to explore the interdisciplinary significance of these recent discoveries. Potential themes to be explored include: What is the nature of a multisensory perspective? How ought we to describe crossmodal spatial experience? In virtue of what is crossmodal spatial experience unified? To what extent are the represented boundaries of the subject shaped by sensory interaction? To what extent are multisensory representations of the body and surrounding space distinct? 

Confirmed speakers and commentators:

Adrian Alsmith (Copenhagen)

Claudio Brozzoli (Stockholm)

Marcello Costantini (Chieti)

Ophelia Deroy (London)

Craig French (Antwerp)

Matthew Longo (London)

Christophe Lopez (Provence)

Clare Mac Cumhaill (Geneva)

Alisa Mandrigin (Edinburgh)

Andrea Serino (Bologna/Lausanne)

Barry Smith (London)

Joel Smith (Manchester)

Charles Spence (Oxford)

Ana Tajadura-Jimenez (London)

Manos Tsakiris (London)

Hong Yu Wong (Tübingen)

Organizers: Adrian Alsmith, Marcello Costantini, Christophe Lopez, Alisa Mandrigin, Andrea Serino, Ana Tajadura-Jiménez. Funded by Volkswagen Foundation.

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May 14, 2013, 10:00am BST

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