PoTW – CenSes Seminar: See what you hear: The neural basis of audiovisual integration – 23/01/14

Integrating information across the senses is critical for effective interactions with the environment. Over the past decade, evidence has accumulated that multisensory integration is not deferred to later processing in association cortices but starts already in primary, putatively unisensory, areas. Given this multitude of multisensory integration sites, characterizing their functional similarities and differences is of… Continue reading PoTW – CenSes Seminar: See what you hear: The neural basis of audiovisual integration – 23/01/14

Project Launch – What’s so special about the Human Mind?

The Human Mind Project will launch on 12 December 2013 with a FREE public panel session entitled ‘What’s so special about the Human Mind?’.  At the School of Advanced Study we are delighted that this important, international, and interdisciplinary project will be launched right here at Senate House by our Institute of Philosophy.    How does the human mind… Continue reading Project Launch – What’s so special about the Human Mind?

The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses

Next month the School of Advanced Study will award Heston Blumenthal the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa, in recognition of his pioneering research and achievements.  For this year’s Annual Review (published next week) we talked to the innovative chef about his multi-sensory approach to cooking. Heston Blumenthal is well known for his television appearances, cookbooks, and… Continue reading The SAS Annual Review – Heston Blumenthal explores our senses

#PoTW – CenSes Workshop: The Artful Brain

From Ghiberti’s development of perspective to Gombrich’s work on illusions in art, the science of perception and the arts have long been interconnected. Recent developments in neuroscience, and the emergence of ‘neuroaesthetics’ (or experimental aesthetics), are contributing new insights into our appreciation of works of art, and our aesthetic preferences. But they also raise fundamental… Continue reading #PoTW – CenSes Workshop: The Artful Brain

The Senses at #BloomsburyFest 2013

Our senses make the world that we experience come alive.  Artists realised this long ago, so have those who wish to convey a message whether it be personal, political, or religious.  At this year’s Bloomsbury Festival there are various events that attempt to challenge your senses or to convey important issues through sound, movement, or… Continue reading The Senses at #BloomsburyFest 2013