Sound and flash localizations in peripheral directions

Ryota Miyauchi, Yukio Iwaya, Dea Gee Kang, Yôiti Suzuki

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Abstract

The brain apparently remaps the perceived locations of simultaneous auditory and visual events into a unified audio-visual space to integrate and/or compare multisensory inputs. However, there is little qualitative or quantitative data on how simultaneous auditory and visual events are located in the peripheral visual field, (i.e., outside a few degrees of the fovea). We simultaneously presented a sound burst and a flashing light not only in the central visual field but also in the peripheral visual field and measured the relative perceived locations of the sound and flash. The results revealed that the sound and flash were perceptually located in the same location when the sound was presented at a five degree periphery of the flash, even when the observers' eyes were fixed. Measurements of the unisensory locations of each sound and flash in a pointing task demonstrated that the perceived location of the sound shifted toward the front, while the perceived location of the flash shifted toward the periphery. As a result, the discrepancy between the perceptual location of the sound and the flash was around 4?. This suggests that the brain maps the unisensory locations of auditory and visual events into a unified audio-visual space, enabling it to generate unisensory spatial information about events.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForum Acusticum, FA 2014
EditorsBartlomiej Borkowski
PublisherEuropean Acoustics Association, EAA
ISBN (Electronic)9788361402282
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event7th Forum Acusticum, FA 2014 - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 2014 Sep 72014 Sep 12

Publication series

NameProceedings of Forum Acusticum
Volume2014-January
ISSN (Print)2221-3767

Other

Other7th Forum Acusticum, FA 2014
CountryPoland
CityKrakow
Period14/9/714/9/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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