The Ventriloquist Effect Results from Near-Optimal Bimodal Integration

  title={The Ventriloquist Effect Results from Near-Optimal Bimodal Integration},
  author={David Alais and David Charles Burr},
  journal={Current Biology},
Ventriloquism is the ancient art of making one's voice appear to come from elsewhere, an art exploited by the Greek and Roman oracles, and possibly earlier. We regularly experience the effect when watching television and movies, where the voices seem to emanate from the actors' lips rather than from the actual sound source. Originally, ventriloquism was explained by performers projecting sound to their puppets by special techniques, but more recently it is assumed that ventriloquism results… CONTINUE READING
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