The Multisensory Character of Perception

  title={The Multisensory Character of Perception},
  author={Casey O’Callaghan},
  journal={The Journal of Philosophy},
Structure of perceptual objects: introduction to the Synthese topical collection
Much of the current debate in philosophy of perception centers on the nature of our perceptual commerce with the world. Recently, the debate has been fueled by the reemergence of naïve realist and
The structure of audio–visual consciousness
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Bodily awareness and novel multisensory features
It is argued that certain cases of multisensory integration give rise to experiences representing features of a novel type through the coordinated use of bodily awareness and kinaesthesis and the exteroceptive sensory modalities.
Restricted Auditory Aspatialism
Some philosophers have argued that we do not hear sounds as located in the environment. Others have objected that this straightforwardly contradicts the phenomenology of auditory experience. And from
Pandeism is the belief that God chose to wholly become our Universe, imposing principles at this Becoming that have fostered the lawful evolution of multifarious structures, including life and
Individuating the senses of ‘smell’: orthonasal versus retronasal olfaction
Recognising that these are complementary rather than competing conceptions of a sense-modality enables the formulation of a powerful ‘dual-concept’ framework for posing and addressing questions concerning the complex architecture of human multisensory experience.
High-Level Perception and Multimodal Perception
What is the correct procedure for determining the contents of perception? Philosophers tackling this question increasingly rely on empirically-oriented procedures in order to reach an answer. I argue
Multisensory evidence
It is tempting to think that one’s perceptual evidence comprises just what issues from perceiving with each of the respective sensory modalities. However, empirical, rational, and phenomenological
Non-Visual Perception
This chapter aims to provide the background that is relevant to understanding and appreciating the significance of varieties of consciousness associated with other sensory modalities, such as hearing, touch, smell, and taste.


Auditory and visual attention-based apparent motion share functional parallels
Results from these experiments demonstrate the existence of attention-based motion in audition, extending current theories of Attention-based mechanisms from visual to auditory systems.
The chemical senses.
Taxonomising the senses
I argue that we should reject the sparse view that there are or could be only a small number of rather distinct senses. When one appreciates this then one can see that there is no need to choose
Feeling Music: Integration of Auditory and Tactile Inputs in Musical Meter Perception
The degree that auditory and tactile inputs are integrated in humans performing a musical meter recognition task is investigated, resulting in the first demonstration of cross-modal sensory grouping between any two senses.
The thesis that we can visually perceive causal relations is distinct from the thesis that visual experiences can represent causal relations. I defend the latter thesis about visual experience, and
Hearing What the Eyes See
Investigation of whether visually portrayed temporal structure receives automatic, obligatory encoding in the auditory domain finds that the perceptual system automatically and obligatorily abstracts temporal structure from its visual form and represents this structure using an auditory code, resulting in the experience of hearing visual rhythms.
Perceptual synchrony of audiovisual streams for natural and artificial motion sequences.
This work investigated the conditions necessary for perceptual simultaneity of visual and auditory stimuli under natural conditions: video sequences of conga drumming at various rhythms, with results near-identical to that of previous work on perceptual synchrony.
Beierholm , “ Causal Inference in Perception
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 2010